Offshore operator Windcat has placed an additional order of two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) with Damen Shipyards.
This order increases Windcat’s CSOV fleet to a total of five vessels, leaving the option of acquiring a sixth vessel. This development follows the initial announcement made in November 2022 regarding the construction of a series of hydrogen-powered CSOVs, knowns as the ‘Elevation’ series.
Features of the Elevation CSOVs, developed in collaboration between Windcat and Damen Shipyards, include a design intended to significantly enhance capabilities and flexibility compared to traditional vessels. The CSOVs are 87m long, 20m wide and can accommodate up to 120 people on board. The vessels are equipped with a state-of-the-art gangway, crane, thrusters, hybrid battery technology and offshore charging capability.
CMB.Tech’s dual fuel hydrogen technology will be implemented aiming to minimise the CO₂ footprint of offshore energy production and vessel operations.
The first three vessels are currently under construction in Vietnam and will be delivered in 2025. The delivery of the two additional CSOVs is expected in Q2 and Q3 of 2026, increasing Windcat’s capacity to deliver efficient and sustainable offshore services.
Windcat MD Willem van der Wel said: “The decision to expand the CSOV fleet aligns with Windcat’s commitment to meeting the increasing demand for these vessels worldwide, and will give us further capacity and flexibility to support clients in the offshore industry.”
CMB and Damen, both family-oriented companies, share a common goal to foster relationships founded on open and collaborative practices. Both companies see a promising trajectory for the offshore wind industry and recognise the growing demand for vessels that align with clients’ needs for sustainable energy throughout the production and delivery processes.
Damen Sales Manager Joost van der Weiden said: “One year ago we embarked on an exciting project to build a large series of CSOVs for Windcat. Now, one year later we are delighted to have five CSOVs under construction. This fact endorses the commitment and long-term focus from our client, but it also underlines the strong relation which we have and very much appreciate”.