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Shipping company CBED buys offshore vessels from Vroon

Caption: © CBED

The Danish shipping company CBED is acquiring two offshore vessels from the fleet of the Dutch shipping company Vroon.

CBED has now announced that the acquisition of the two ships “Wind Evolution” and “Wind Creation” is to be completed at the beginning of 2024.

The offshore units are expected to join the company’s own fleet “at the end of the first quarter”. According to CBED, it has been involved in 31 individual offshore wind projects in Northern Europe since 2008. At Vroon, the sale is likely to be seen as part of the realignment that was initiated following a number of financial problems and restructuring measures.

The ships in question are the former “Vos Start” and “Vos Stone”. They are currently still being overhauled in dry dock. They will be ready for new walk-to-work, IRM and underwater projects from the second quarter, according to reports. The parties have agreed not to disclose the sale price.

CBED sees increasing demand

“The coming decade is likely to see unprecedented demand for vessels for offshore projects,” says CBED, explaining the purchase. According to Clarkson’s latest market report, 30,000 turbines and foundations are expected to be installed in the offshore wind sector alone by 2030, and the annual installation rate is expected to double from 700-1,000 per year to more than 2,000 per year from 2025.

There is already a gap in the market for the supply of the necessary offshore logistics vessels and thus also an expected surge in demand for service operation vessels.

Daniel Alon, Managing Director of CBED, said: “We have been looking for the right opportunity to expand our fleet for a long time and are therefore very pleased that we have completed the purchase of these two very modern sister vessels. We now see a very strong market.” The addition of these two SOVs opens up new opportunities for CBED to take on more projects – including in the oil and gas sector, “where we also already have experience.”

The vessels are both equipped with motion compensating gangways and Kongsberg DP2 systems to enable safe transfer to and from offshore facilities. In addition, both vessels are equipped with 50-ton AHC and 5-ton 3D cranes with motion compensation.

Details

Wind Evolution
Year of construction: 2017
Flag: UK
IMO: 9730505
Type: DP2 walk-on accommodation vessel
Class: DNV, comfort class III
Accommodation: 60 guests + 27 crew members

Wind Creation
Year built: 2017
Flag: UK
IMO: 9730517
Type: DP2 walk-on accommodation vessel
Class: DNV, comfort class III
Accommodation: 60 customers + 27 crew members

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