Norwegian operator of 19 vessels Rem Offshore has sealed a deal with yard Myklebust Verft for the construction of a methanol dual-fuel energy subsea construction vessel (ESCV) with a 250 tonne crane.

The operator said the newbuild will be delivered in 2026 and will be “the first of its kind that can perform heavy construction work in both offshore wind and subsea with net zero emissions.”

The deal also contains an option to build one more vessel.

Skipsteknisk has designed a very flexible platform in close cooperation with the Rem and Myklebust.

“The newbuilding uses a number of solutions where energy consumption is almost halved compared to comparable tonnage in today’s market, as well as meeting future requirements for zero emissions from end to end,” Rem Offshore said in a release.

The newbuild will be equipped with dual-fuel methanol engines in combination with battery packs.

Furthermore, all offshore lifting equipment, including the 250 T crane, is electric and regenerates power to the batteries.

The working deck is over 1,400 m2, and it is also prepared for the installation of an offshore gangway for use in offshore wind.

Lars Conradi Andersen, chief executive of Rem Offshore, said: “This is a big milestone for Rem Offshore. We are ordering our first net zero emission vessel and taking a big step into the future.”

Myklebust Verft has delivered newbuilds to Rem in the past, and was a natural choice according to Conradi Andersen.

Leiv Sindre Muren, chief executive of Myklebust Verft, noted: “This assignment is a recognition of all our employees and the quality that Myklebust stands for. The project will also have major positive ripple effects in our area.”

Source: Rem Offshore.