15th July 2020

Photo credit: Østensjø

The crane manufacturer Palfinger will equip the new offshore wind support vessels of the Østensjø Group with lifting solutions and life-saving devices.

The ships, which are to be built by the Spanish shipyards Gondán Shipbuilders and Balenciaga Shipyard, were ordered by the owner Edda Wind / Østensjø Rederi. The Gondán shipyard began building two 88-meter CSOVs (Commissioning Service Operation Vessels) for up to 120 people.

The first CSOV is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2022 and will be chartered by Ocean Breeze for an 11 year period.

Balenciaga Shipyard will build two 82 m long SOV (Service Operation Vessels) for up to 60 people. The first ship will be chartered by MHI Vestas for 15 years from the second quarter of 2022.

Palfinger’s scope of supply includes ten foldable kingpin cranes, four lifeboats and eight davits.

The four ships will each be equipped with one of the PK15500M cranes from Palfinger and a PK33002M crane, the latest model of the foldable knuckle boom cranes from Palfinger.

Two somewhat smaller service ships (SOV) that are being awarded to the Balenciaga Shipyard will be equipped with two PK15500M cranes and one PK33002M crane each.

Regardless of this, Palfinger has also signed the contract to deliver life-saving equipment to all four new Edda Wind ships. While each SOV will be equipped with two liferaft davits, each CSOV will be equipped with two fully enclosed lifeboats with associated davits and two liferaft davits.

The delivery of all Palfinger devices is planned for 2021 and 2022, shortly before the ships set sail.