Rem Offshore in Norway has signed a contract with Green Yard Kleven in Ulsteinvik to build an offshore wind vessel
Rem Offshore is best known as an owner and operator of offshore support vessels for the offshore oil and gas sector, although its vessels have occasionally been chartered for offshore wind work.
The newbuild is its first purpose-built unit for the fast-growing offshore wind industry. The owner did not indicate whether the vessel has been ordered against a long-term contract or is a speculative build.
The construction support vessel will be based on a Havyard 833 CSV design.
Work on building the vessel will begin immediately. The ship will be delivered in Q4 2021.
Few details have been released, but an artist’s impression of the vessel, Rem Energy, suggests it will operate as a service operation vessel and will enable turbine technicians to access offshore wind turbines using a motion-compensated gangway with an integrated tower/elevator.
The vessel also has an aft-mounted offshore crane and deck space for containers.
Green Yard Kleven chief executive Kjetil Bollestad said the company had “very good collaboration” with Rem Offshore to prepare the ground for the contract to be signed.
Mr Bollestad said the contract to build the vessel “is important for the yard and the local maritime industry” and will provide work for many in the Sunnmøre area in 2021.
The former Kleven Verft yard filed for bankruptcy in mid-2020, but was rescued by Green Yard, which focuses on environmentally friendly ship and rig recycling and repair.