Edda Wind, a company owned by the Østensjø group in Haugesund and Wilh. Wilhelmsen, has ordered a total of six specialty vessels for use in the offshore wind market. Two of these have already secured work, for 10 and 15 years, respectively.

The company has placed great emphasis on the environmental aspect, aiming to reduce emissions as much as possible. In addition to lower operating costs and more efficient operation, it is estimated that greenhouse gas emissions will initially be reduced by more than 30 per cent on newbuildings equipped with battery packs for hybrid operation.

The vessels are already being prepared for future use of zero-emission technology based on hydrogen operation. Enova is supporting preparations with a view to a later transition to zero emissions.

We have great faith that these vessels will be the first zero-emission vessels in the offshore wind market.

Kenneth Walland, CEO of Østensjø Rederi / Edda Wind

– We are very excited about this newbuilding program. Significant growth in the offshore wind market is expected in the coming decades, and we are confident that these vessels will be the optimal and preferred tools for our charterers, says Walland.

– We are proud to introduce these low-emission vessels to the market. For Edda Wind it is important to continuously participate in the development of environmentally friendly technology. We have great faith that these vessels will be the first zero-emission vessels in the offshore wind market, he continues.

Salt Ship Design at Stord has designed and developed the ships in close collaboration with the owner. The ships will be built at Spanish shipyards, with delivery in the second quarter of 2022.

Østensjø has worked in offshore wind since 2016 and took delivery of its first two specialty vessels for the wind power market in 2018. The vessels, completed two years ago, now operate on long-term contracts for Ørsted at wind farms on the English coast.

Østensjø’s offshore wind activity was outsourced in 2020 to a separate company, Edda Wind, focusing on the segment and offering the two existing vessels plus the four vessels under construction. All vessels will be operated by Østensjø Rederi.