Vard has handed over the CSOV (Commissioning Service Operation Vessel) ‘REM Power’ to operator Rem Purus at a naming ceremony in Ålesund, Norway.
This is the first of two CSOVs VARD is delivering to Rem Purus. The new REM Power is described as a pioneer in green and technological solutions. The CSOVs are designed for world-wide service and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. The Vard 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, is considered a versatile platform for all offshore windfarm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and operability. The vessel is equipped to provide services during construction, operation, and maintenance of offshore windfarms.
CEO Rem Offshore, Lars Conradi Andersen, said: “We have emphasised on developing an attractive and future-oriented vessel with low emissions together with Vard, and have, among other things, prepared it for zero-emission operation through charging at sea. It is therefore very gratifying to find that REM Power is delivered on time and goes straight to work in a good market. The market looks good in all our segments, and Rem is well positioned with the most modern and energy-efficient fleet in the industry.”
REM Power will work in the renewables market, first for Asso Subsea, before going on a longer contract for the energy company RWE. Rem Offshore is an offshore wind company owned by UK-based Purus Marine.
The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric and battery hybrid propulsion system designed for flexible and fuel-efficient operation. Substantial volumes in the vessel are set aside for future upgrades or conversion to zero emission energy sources. REM Power is the first vessel to partake in the testing of the Ocean Charger project – a project by Vard with partners, to develop a maritime value chain for offshore wind with offshore energy transfer. By connecting vessels to the power grid in the wind farm/harbour and charging batteries regularly, the aim is to power operations with minimum additional energy sources. The project has been awarded funding by the Norwegian Government’s Green Platform Initiative.
This is the first CSOV delivered with Vard Electro’s SeaQ integrated bridge system. The SeaQ bridge is the highest level of bridge integration with an extended architecture, utilising a combination of Vard-developed integration solutions, combined with touch monitors to gather various systems into one operator station, backed by full-featured onboard commissioning and verification features.