ESVAGT chooses HAV Design to develop Holland-bound SOV

Norway-based HAV Design has been chosen to develop an offshore wind service operation vessel (SOV) for international SOV owner and operator ESVAGT.

Under the contract, HAV Design will deliver both the ship design and a large integrated equipment package including propulsion system, engines, propellers and positioning system. One of the subcontractors for the equipment package is HAV Design’s sister company Norwegian Electric Systems.

“This is the 12th SOV that we will develop together with ESVAGT, who pioneered the use of SOVs back in 2010,” said Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane, Vice President of Sales at HAV Design. “We are well aware of ESVAGT’s high quality requirements and look forward to extending our long-standing close cooperation with another newbuild SOV.”

The main purpose of the SOV is to safely transfer technicians and spare parts to and from wind turbines and offshore substations. The SOV also provides accommodation for technicians, welfare facilities, offices, workshops and storage for turbine parts.

The vessel will be built at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey. Once completed, the SOV will support Vestas’ operations on the Hollandse Kust West VI project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

“We are highly familiar with the challenges of getting personnel safely from vessels to offshore wind turbines,” said Kristian Ole Jakobsen, deputy CEO of ESVAGT. “That is also why we again nominate the design of this high-profile SOV to HAV Design that we trust. We know this vessel design well and the high-quality benefits it brings to customers and crews.”

ESVAGT is a provider of safety and support at sea and a market leader within offshore wind solutions and oil and gas services. The company has a fleet of more than 40 specialised vessels and approximately 1,300 employees offshore and onshore. The company is recognised as the market leader and largest operator of SOVs in Europe.

HAV Design is a subsidiary of HAV Group ASA, which is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo. HAV Design is headquartered in Fosnavåg, Norway.