One of the best known Norwegian shipowners active in the offshore wind industry has appointed a dedicated chartering manager for the sector
As part of its long-term strategy, Østensjø Rederi has been focusing heavily on the renewables market. The company is best known as an owner/operator of offshore support vessels that service the offshore oil and gas industry, and for operating tugs, but it also operates a growing number of service operation vessels (SOVs) for the offshore wind industry.
With this growth in renewables in mind, it has made Håkon Vevang chartering manager – renewables.
Mr Vevang’s position complements that of Kristian Vea, who will remain responsible for chartering in the offshore and towage segment and Hilde Svendsen, who remain responsible for chartering in the offshore accommodation segment.
Mr Vevang has focused on renewable energy for some time and was instrumental in securing deals Østensjø achieved with wind energy leader Ørsted in 2015 and others like it.
In late 2019, Østensjø Rederi signed a letter of intent to construct four unique service operation vessels that will be refitted with fuel cells to enable them to operate as ‘zero-emissions’ vessels.
The ‘commissioning service operation vessels’ are designed for use during the commissioning and operation of offshore windfarms.
They will be larger and have significantly more accommodation for windfarm technicians than Østensjø Rederi’s existing SOVs, Edda Mistral and Edda Passat, which support operations and maintenance alone.
In addition to being larger vessels than Mistral and Passat, the new vessels will be designed and fitted in such a way that, in addition to being less expensive to operate, their emissions of greenhouse gases will be around 30% lower than existing designs.
The 88.3-m vessels will be delivered from early 2022 onwards and will serve as offshore bases for wind turbine technicians. They will accommodate up to 97 technicians and 23 marine crew and will be fitted with anti-heeling and roll reduction systems to provide a particularly stable working platform. The motion-compensated gangway system with which they are fitted will have an adjustable pedestal to ensure safe, efficient access to turbines.