Windcat has ordered an additional two dual-fuel hydrogen-powered 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, the “Elevation Series”.

The Elevation Series CSOVs, introduced in collaboration between Windcat and Damen Shipyards, features a pioneering design that significantly enhances capabilities and flexibility compared to traditional vessels. The CSOVs are 87 metres long, 20 metres wide and can accommodate up to 120 people. The vessels are equipped with a state-of-the-art gangway, crane, thrusters, hybrid battery technology and offshore charging capability.

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Dual-fuel hydrogen technology

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.

‘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,’ says managing director Willem van der Wel.

Sales Manager, Joost van der Weiden, adds: ‘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.’

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