VARD and Windward selects Brunvoll for New Series of Offshore Wind Service Vessels

Member news | 16 November 2023
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Brunvoll has received an order for the delivery of propulsion and manoeuvring packages for Windward’s new Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs). The order is for two vessels, with two additional vessels as an option.

Figure 1. Windward’s new CSOVs, designed and built by Vard. Illustration: Vard Design AS

Windward’s new vessels will have two propulsion azimuth thrusters in the aft, and two retractable azimuth thrusters and a tunnel thruster in the bow. All azimuth thrusters feature the latest and greatest improvements to meet the increasingly stricter requirements for rapid, safe, and accurate DP operations for SOVs/CSOVs. This includes significantly improved rotation speed, faster propeller acceleration, and arrangements for increased thrust efficiency in terms of reduced thruster and hull interaction.

“We have recognized Brunvoll as a leading supplier of integrated systems for propulsion, maneuvering, and automation in the offshore industry. It was a prerequisite for us to find a partner who also thrives for excellence. During our pre-assessments, we gained a lot of confidence in Brunvoll and their quality as well as their service and after sales network.”, says Lars Evers, Fleet Director at Windward.

With four powerful and responsive azimuth thrusters, the vessels should be ideally equipped with regards to operational requirements, DP accuracy, and overall performance. The vessels, which are of VARD 4 19-design, will be approximately 87 x 19,5 meters with a capacity of 120 people. The design is optimized for low fuel consumption, high operability, and comfort.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Windward as a new client, and I would also like to thank VARD for once again returning to Brunvoll. We are looking forward to seeing what Windward, as a newly established joint venture consortium, can achieve by driving the offshore wind energy transition forward. The offshore wind segment has really pushed the development of our thrusters in the last couple of years, and it is nice to see the synergies of the work that has been put down by everyone in the Brunvoll value chain,” says Bernt Rune Riksfjord, VP Sales at Brunvoll AS.

The first hull will be built at VARD’s yard in Romania and outfitted at one of VARD’s yards in Norway. The second vessel will be built and delivered from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam. The first CSOV for Windward Offshore is scheduled to be delivered in the second half of 2025.

Figure 3. VARD and Windward at Brunvoll’s facilities in Molde. Photo: Brunvoll AS / Jørgen Eide. From the left, Øystein Aarsæther (VARD), Arnim Von der Lieth (Windward), Bernt Rune Riksfjord (Brunvoll), Martin Ingjerd (VARD), and Geir Larsen (Brunvoll).

About Windward
Windward Offshore is a joint venture consortium which is currently established led by SeaRenergy Group in collaboration with Blue Star Group, Diana Shipping Inc., and SeraVerse GmbH. The newly established consortium wants to play a key role in the energy transition by providing integrated offshore wind service solutions. The CSOVs will act as the centrepieces for servicing wind farms during the critical commissioning phase, encapsulating the consortium’s strategy of delivering integrated solutions through a combination of vessels, engineering, maintenance, and operation services.

About VARD
VARD is one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels. Headquartered in Norway and with approximately 8,000 employees, VARD operates shipbuilding facilities in Norway, Romania, Brazil, and Vietnam. Through its specialized subsidiaries, VARD develops power and automation systems, deck handling equipment, and vessel accommodation solutions, and provides design and engineering services to the global maritime industry.

About Brunvoll
Brunvoll is a part of Brunvoll Holding AS and is a leading maritime system supplier. The group has extensive experience in the development, in-house production, and service of propulsion, positioning, and manoeuvring systems for advanced ocean-going vessels. Brunvoll is a Norwegian family-owned company with a high export share and excellent financial stability. The group is experiencing strong growth and achieved a turnover of approximately 1.2 billion NOK in 2022. The company was established in 1912 and has over 500 employees in Norway, located in Molde, Volda, Ålesund, Porsgrunn, and Dalen. Brunvoll is represented through a sales and service network in over 20 countries worldwide. Brunvoll’s vision is “Trusted World Wide,” and their values are to be responsible, reliable, and committed. You can learn more at

For more extensive information, please contact:

Bernt Rune Riksfjord
VP Sales
M: +47 91 12 61 21

Sivert Olsvik Sæther
Technical Marketing Engineer
M: +47 47 90 23 91

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