Two significant new ships at shipyard

Right now, two significant non-passenger vessels with substantial accommodation for people are at Orskov Yard in Frederikshavn. The shipyard in Northern Jutland, which is Denmark’s second largest repair yard, docks many highly specialized offshore vessels each year, especially from Norway. At the same time, the Danish shipyard has in recent years performed projects for the British Antarctic Survey.

This is also happening right now, with England’s largest and most advanced polar research vessel ever, SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, returning to the shipyard after its first Antarctic voyage season. The newly built ship was also visiting Orskov Yard last summer for the final preparation before its first voyage in the Antarctic summer from December to March.

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH was delivered from the British shipyard Cammell Laird in 2021. In addition to the crew, the ship has an accommodation capacity of 60 scientists who would be able to work on board for up to 60 days without the ship receiving stores from land.

Offshore wind has brought new types of ships with it. For an example SOV’s, Service Operation Vessels, used as accommodation and service hub offshore on-site during the construction phase of an offshore wind farm. Something that is becoming increasingly relevant as new offshore wind farms constantly seems to move further away from land.

The Norwegian shipping company Edda Wind has also sent their latest newbuilding EDDA BREEZE to Orskov for final preparations. The ship with room for 120 wind turbine technicians is the first in a series of nine SOV units. Norway has led the way through the fossil part of the offshore energy era with many advanced newbuildings in recent decades.

With EDDA BREEZE, the world’s first “hydrogen ready” offshore vessel, the country has now also taken the lead in the sustainable part of the industry. There has also been a focus on the design, and the three exhaust pipes in the mast are remarkable understated. That a funnel does not belong on the CO2-neutral ships of the future is developing into a clear trend in ship design right now.

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