GONDAN to build world’s first zero-emission electric Service Operation Vessel for BIBBY MARINE

GONDAN to build world’s first zero-emission electric Service Operation Vessel for BIBBY MARINE

GONDAN Shipbuilders, a leader in the shipbuilding industry with a century-long history of crafting specialized vessels, is proud to announce a new milestone in its commitment to sustainable maritime innovation. The company has been selected by Bibby Marine to construct the world’s first truly zero-emission electric Service Operation Vessel (eSOV), designed for operations in the offshore wind sector.

This pioneering vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2026, will be built at Gondan’s shipyard in Asturias, Spain. It represents a natural progression in Gondan’s expertise, following our extensive experience in constructing low carbon Conventional Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) and now advancing to a zero-emission variant.

The eSOV will be equipped with an advanced battery system and dual-fuel methanol engines, ensuring emissions-free operations. Featuring high-voltage offshore charging facilities, the vessel can operate solely on battery power for over 16 hours between charges. This sets a new standard for efficiency and environmental responsibility in the industry.

GONDAN’s proven track record and our ability to deliver on stringent timelines, budgets, and quality specifications were key factors in Bibby Marine’s decision to entrust us with this project. The eSOV will include state-of-the-art mission equipment, spacious insulated storage, and climate-controlled electrical stores. Crew comfort is also a priority, with generous communal areas and well-appointed cabins designed for long stints at sea.

This project underscores GONDAN Shipbuilders’ dedication to innovation and our commitment to supporting the maritime industry’s transition to a more sustainable future. Building this zero-emission vessel not only aligns with our expertise but also with our vision for a cleaner, more sustainable maritime environment.

GONDAN Shipbuilders is currently experiencing a period of significant growth and expansion. Recent enhancements to our facilities have increased our capacity across all operations, enabling us to take on new and challenging projects confidently. Among our portfolio are the construction of a six-vessel series of Conventional Service Operation Vessels for Edda Wind, a Buoy Tender Vessel for the Northern Lighthouse Board in Scotland, an Unmanned Surface Vessel for Norway, and 10 fully electric ferries for Portugal. Each project showcases GONDAN’s broad capabilities and commitment to delivering high-quality, specialized vessels that meet diverse demanding needs.

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