Indian yard Cochin Shipyard (CSL) has won an international export order with an European client for construction of Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) for offshore wind farms, with a contract valued at around Rs 1000 Cr, with potential for more orders in the series.
According to the yard, with attention turning towards sustainable and green energy solutions, there is a large global focus on the development of offshore wind farms. Offshore wind farm CSOVs and Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) are therefore part of an emerging, highly specialised niche vessel segment. The vessels are designed and built for the commissioning, service, maintenance, and operational needs of the offshore wind industry. CSOVs are equipped with 3D motion compensated gangway system (walk2work) and 3D crane which form the mission equipment and also a helideck. The vessels possess high quality accommodation with DNV comfort ratings and in-built DP system and carry ‘Clean Design’ notation. The vessels are provided with advanced green solutions aimed at emission reduction through alternative fuels.
CSL says it has been active on the international ship building arena for more than two decades (having exported more around 50 high end vessels to countries such as USA, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and the Middle East). Its experience and track-record in construction and export of a number of high end offshore support vessels to West Europe, coupled with its recent construction and delivery of zero emission autonomous cargo ferries to Norwegian client Asko, led to its selection for this latest contract. CSL recently bagged an order for eight multi-purpose vessels for a German client. The yard is active in defence ship building, having recently delivered India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier to the Indian Navy with more orders in hand for anti-submarine warfare corvettes and new generation missile vessels.
The new CSOV project is seem as a break-through for India, not only in the international ship building arena, but also as an emerging power on sustainable energy and is aligned with the “Make In India, Make For the World” vision of the Indian government.