Cochin Shipyard Orders SMST’s Mission Equipment for North Star SOV

(Image credit: Cochin Shipyard)

SMST has been awarded a contract by Cochin Shipyard Ltd for the delivery of a gangway (Telescopic Access Bridge L2) and a 5 t Motion Compensated Crane. The mission equipment is to be installed on a North Star hybrid-electric service operation vessel (SOV) based on VARD 407 design. The walk-to-work vessel will operate at the He Dreiht wind farm located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany after North Star has secured a contract with EnBW for at least a decade.

It is the third time SMST will provide mission equipment for North Star—the UK’s leading SOV operator. However, it’s the first time SMST will be 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.”

The development will have a significant impact by delivering clean energy to 1.1 million 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,” adds 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.”

The ship will enter into service by the end of 2025.

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