There is an expected NOK 1000 billion investment within offshore wind power in Europe alone. In addition, there is an increasing number of ocean windfarms around the globe. Farms are also increasingly further away from shore compared to previously. As a result, purpose-built vessels are needed. The equipment package includes DE propulsion system from Norwegian Electric Systems AS.
“We have developed a vessel that has met requirements from both shipowner and the operator of the vessel. We have balanced technical aspects with commercial requirements, and as such, we have been able to win this contract in a tough and competitive market. The vessel is due to be delivered to ESVAGT in August 2019, and will enter a contract with the Danish wind power company MHI Vestas and serve in the OWF Deutsche Bucht field”, says Sales Director Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane of Havyard Design & Solutions.
Design Manager Arve Helsem Leine says the starting point for the development of Havyard 831 SOV was to design a compact, efficient and profitable vessel for smaller windfarms.
“As we now sign a second contract for this design, it confirms that we have succeeded in creating a design that meets expectations.”
This is going to be the seventh Havyard vessel heading to ESVAGT. The other contracts are four windfarm vessels, one oil service vessel and one vessel for crew change.
“Through our close cooperation with Havyard we know that we get vessels that provide our customers with safe, innovative and efficient services,” says Chief Operating Officer Kristian Ole Jakobsen of ESVAGT.
During development of this design, there has been great emphasis on developing an efficient platform in order to serve offshore windfarms. The vessel has large and comfortable accommodation with capacity for putting up windfarm service personnel, in addition to the vessel’s crew. Additionally, good storage capacity for equipment and tools has been provided for below deck and for containers on deck.
The vessel is fitted out with ESVAGT’s own STB (Safe Transfer Boat) for boats that are launched for transport of service personnel to the windfarms, in addition to an integrated, heave-compensated gangway.
The hull is designed for low fuel emissions and has seakeeping capabilities that secure best possible comfort and safety for crew and service personnel aboard.