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First steel cut for the IWS fleet

Norwegian-based offshore shipowner IWS Fleet said Monday that the first steel was cut for a construction service operator (CSOV) in China.

On Friday, January 14, 2022, a steel cutting ceremony was held at the China Merchants Heavy Industries Facility in Jiangsu Province, China.

The name of the walk-to-work ship is IWS Skywalker And in the summer of 2023, we will start the first contract at the Dogger Bank Wind Farm. The huge 3.6GW Dogger Bank wind farm is owned by SSE, Equinor, and ENI.

The hybrid-powered IWS Skywalker is designed not only to support commissioning operations during the construction of offshore wind farms, but also to support bottom-fixed and floating operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms during their useful life. ..

The Skywalker class can carry up to 120 people and has a fully integrated and compensated walkway and fully compensated cargo lifted from the deck of the ship to a fixed or floating wind turbine or underwater. Equipped with a 3D compensating crane that can perform operations. Plant scope balance.

The ship was designed by Kongsberg Maritime and will be equipped with MacGregor’s fully compensated corridors and cranes.

“This ship has some of the” industry’s first “with the largest battery packs with solar panels for charging, hull and propulsion design, improving maneuverability, reducing emissions and consuming energy. Is estimated to be 20% lower than other CSOVs currently under construction, “said the IWS fleet.

According to the owner, the vessel is the first in the industry to use the “DNV SILENT” notation, which focuses on minimizing the impact on underwater marine life. The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment (ENOVA) has donated € 1 million to support environmental initiatives. IWS Skywalker Advanced ship technology reduces annual emissions by more than 1,300 tons, equivalent to CO2.

“This new vessel reflects Integrated Wind Solutions’ ambition to become an industry frontrunner as an integrated supplier of services unmatched in the offshore wind industry. IWS Skywalker Christopher A, Managing Director of IWS Fleet AS. Heidenreich said:

The second Skywalker class vessel will be delivered in mid-2023. The Norwegian company is in advance consultation to purchase additional Skywalker class vessels for delivery in early 2024, based on considerable design interest and strong market demand. Said.

Credit: IWS Fleet

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