Home port welcome for Edda Passat as offshore wind operations leap forward

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Mar 2018

GRIMSBY’S game-changing latest addition to the burgeoning offshore wind fleet has sailed into port. 

Edda Passat, the 80m service operation vessel, has been welcomed to Orsted’s East Coast Hub in Royal Dock by Mark Hickson, head of Race Bank operations. 

Her mobilisation will mark a new era for the port, which so far has seen daily sailings to the five near shore farms built in the past decade.

As turbines are installed in zones further out to sea, a switch in maintenance support delivery will have technicians ‘living’ in the field for set periods, adopting an oil and gas model.

Edda Passat arrived late on Tuesday, having stopped off at Race Bank - the farm she will serve - on her way up from Gijon, the northern Spanish port close to the shipyard where she was built. 

Sister vessel Edda Mistral will follow later this summer to serve Hornsea Project One. She is currently being fitted out top-side having been launched on a weekend when both were named last month.

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Østensjø Rederi©_Edda Mistral from GONDAN on Vimeo.

Capable of accommodating 40 workers and a crew of 20, she features state-of-the-art technology, and a motion compensated gangway system provides walk-to-work access to turbines.

Purpose-built for the role, she was designed by Rolls Royce Marine and built by Astilleros Gondan at Puerto de Figueras, for Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi.

The vessels are looking at a potential 10-year initial charter, contracted for a five year fixed-term period, with five further one year options. 

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