SMST equipment to be used on North Start SOV for He Dreiht Offshore Wind Farm activities

SMST, a Dutch offshore equipment specialist, has won a contract from Cochin Shipyard Ltd to supply mission equipment for a North Star hybrid-electric service operation vessel (SOV). The vessel will operate at the He Dreiht wind farm located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany.

The order includes a gangway (Telescopic Access Bridge L2) and a 5t Motion Compensated Crane. It is the third time SMST will provide mission equipment for North Star – a UK SOV operator – however, it is a first for delivering to India’s biggest shipyard, Cochin. “We are looking forward to working together with Cochin Shipyard and we are grateful for the trust North Star has placed in us for supplying equipment for a third vessel”, says Jochem Tuinstra, Sales Manager at SMST, “Furthermore, North Star’s project with EnBW is an important step for the transition to renewable energy, to which we proudly contribute to.” The development will have a significant impact by delivering clean energy to 1.1m homes.

“SMST is an established company with a longstanding history of well-developed products and timely deliveries, which are features we are looking for in a partner as it enhances the reliability of the vessel and reduces project risks,” says Sanoob B, Business Development Manager at Cochin Shipyard Ltd., “We believe we have found the right partner in SMST and are looking forward to further execute more exciting new build projects together, to serve the growing offshore renewable market.”

James Bradford, North Star’s Chief Technology Officer adds: “Selecting the best quality SOV walk-to-work equipment is crucial for the success of offshore wind farm operations as it enhances safety, improves operational efficiency and provides resilience against weather disruptions. Based on our experiences with SMST for the previous two orders, together with VARD, we are confident that they will once again deliver excellent equipment for our ship bound for EnBW.”

One of the company’s growing fleet of eight hybrid-electric SOVs, this ship will enter into service by the end of 2025. Source: SMST

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