The imminent delivery of Edda Accommodation’s 40,000gt floatel Edda Fortis is attracting industry interest on a number of levels. The vessel, which will be handed over to the operator in December this year, builds on the acclaimed, four-years old Edda Fides, which, at the time of her handover, was lauded as being the world’s first purpose-built monohull offshore accommodation unit.
Edda Fides might have been viewed as something of a novelty back then. Delivered from Spain’s Astillero Barreras yard in March 2011, the 130m (loa) x 27m x 9.4m vessel avoided the typical jack-up rig-styled design favoured by many accommodation unit designers. Neither was it the case of an existing vessel being fitted with extra berths and repurposed as a floatel. With the capacity for 600 persons spread across 310 cabins, 1,400m² of deck area and a dynamic positioning 3 (DP3) system for enhanced onboard comfort and stability, Edda Fides raised the bar for what a high-end accommodation unit could resemble. Onboard facilities such as an exercise room, a swimming pool, library and theatre spaces and conference rooms, and internet connectivity throughout, suggested that here was a vessel built very much around the requirements of offshore personnel, rather than a mere container in which to stuff as many workers as possible. Since her delivery, Edda Fides has been deployed in projects spanning the North Sea, Australia and the Mediterranean.
Increased deck area
Now, the 154.9m x 32.2m Edda Fortis which, as Offshore Marine Technology went to press, was nearing completion at Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea looks set to ramp up Edda Fides’ capacities. Designed by Salt Ship Design, Edda Fortis will feature a total accommodation capacity of 809 persons and 62 single and 296 double cabins. Other promised features include 850m² of office space; a three-berth sick bay; two swimming pools, a sauna and a gym; conference rooms; and an auditorium. Taking inspiration from the luxury yacht and cruise sectors, the interior of the vessel is expected to live up to “executive standard” design quality.
Like Edda Fides, Edda Fortis will be equipped with a heave-compensated telescopic gangway, enabling safe transfer of crew from the accommodation vessel to the offshore facility. Designed for safe operation in significant wave heights of 5m, the gangway has a length of approximately 55.5m, with an adjustable pedal of 10m. As well as providing accommodation for offshore crew, Edda Fortis will be able to undertake a wide range of construction support and cargo handling tasks, courtesy of 2,000m² worth of deck space, a 120tonne SWL rig support crane and two supply cranes.
“Due to a proven concept and significantly lower investment and operating cost compared to semisubmersible accommodation rigs, Edda Fortis will be highly competitive in a market with anticipated fierce competition,” Johan Rokstad, chief executive at Edda Accommodation, predicts.