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Windcat and Damen to build hydrogen-powered CSOVs

Compagnie Maritime Belge’s (CMB) Windcat Offshore has placed an order with Damen Shipyards for two of ‘future-proof CSOVs,’ along with options for further vessels.

The “Elevation Series” CSOVs have been designed by Damen Shipyards in cooperation with Windcat and CMB.TECH. The vessels are 87 m long, 20 m wide, can accommodate 120 people on board and are set to be powered by hydrogen. The series will be delivered from 2025.

To reduce the vessels’ CO2 footprint, Windcat and CMB.TECH will provide the same dual-fuel hydrogen technology for the Elevation Series as on board the Hydrocat, the world’s first hydrogen-powered CTV. The companies said that by following this approach they will also make a critical contribution to the development of rules and regulations related to the use of hydrogen as a fuel in medium-sized vessels.

The CSOVs will be built at the Ha Long Shipyard in Vietnam and will be delivered to Windcat Offshore, a new business unit within Windcat, which will focus on offshore energy commissioning and services. The new CSOVs will also be equipped with the latest gangway, crane, thrusters, hybrid battery technology, and offshore charging capability.

 “Damen is committed to becoming the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder and is a recognised pioneer in the development of Service Operation Vessels, having designed and built one of the world’s first dedicated walk-to-work vessels five years ago. These vessels have set a benchmark in the offshore renewables market and are still performing very well in the North Sea. We are proud to work together with Windcat and CMB.TECH to build these vessels and make the ground-breaking design of the Windcat Elevation Series come to life,” said Joost van der Weiden, Sales Manager Benelux at Damen Shipyards