The state-of-the-art Esvagt SOV will incorporate the newest technologies (Source: Orsted)

Orsted and Esvagt plan joint investment

Danish energy group Orsted and Danish offshore contractor Esvagt have decided to invest in a new service operation vessel (SOV) which can operate on green fuels. No shipyard has yet been named for the order.

The vessel will measure 93m long, 19.6m wide, with a draught of 6.5m. Speed will be about 14 knots. Accommodation will be provided for 124 persons. The SOV will be powered by batteries and dual-fuel engines, capable of sailing on renewable e-methanol, in turn produced from wind energy and biogenic carbon, which will lead to an annual emission reduction of about 4,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“By ordering the new SOV, Orsted and Esvagt are showing their commitment to a green maritime sector and helping create the needed demand to accelerate to cost reductions of green fuels for the maritime industry,” the two companies said. Esvagt will seek the start of construction of the vessel in the second quarter of 2022. Once commissioned by the end of 2024, the SOV will start serving the large offshore wind farm, Hornsea 2, off the British east coast.

The SOV is designed for personnel comfort and high workability, providing an efficient workspace and safe transfer of technicians at the windfarm via a motion-compensated gangway and transfer boats as well as a crane to lift heavy spare parts. As a floating home, it also offers recreational activities for the on-board crew and technicians, including fitness facilities, a game room, a cinema, and individual accommodation. The SOV is also equipped with a helipad for fast access and transfers from shore.

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