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SOV newbuilding to support Deutsche Bucht wind farm project

Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017

Danish offshore support company ESVAGT said it has placed an order with Spanish yard Astilleros Zamakona to build a service operation vessel (SOV).

Astilleros Zamakona to build the new ESVAGT service operation vessel (Rendering: ESVAGT)

The vessel will support MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in its Deutsche Bucht Wind Farm project in a 15-year charter contract. ESVAGT and MHI Vestas have collaborated on the Belwind 1 and Nobelwind 1 offshore wind farm projects in Belgium since 2010. The SOV will be equipped with a walk-to-work gangway system in a specially designed tower with a crane placed on top, which, together with ESVAGT’s specially designed Safe Transfer Boats STB 7 and STB 12, will contribute to the secure transfer of turbine technicians, tools and spare parts to offshore wind installations. “The ship is optimised and tailored in accordance with the client’s wishes and needs,” said Mr Kristian Ole Jakobsen, Chief Operating Officer of ESVAGT A/S. MHI Vestas wanted a fuel-efficient ship and the SOV will have low energy consumption.