HAV Design chosen to develop ESVAGT SOV

HAV Design has been chosen to develop another methanol-fuelled offshore wind service operation vessel (SOV) for ESVAGT.

HAV Design will deliver both the ship design and an integrated equipment package including propulsion system, engines, propellers and positioning system.

“We are humbled and delighted to be awarded yet another assignment from our long-term customer, who is the leading SOV operator. ESVAGT sets extremely high standards for project execution, safety, environmental features and cost-efficiency of operations. As such, they are a customer that makes us an even better supplier,” said Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane, Vice President of Sales at Norway-based HAV Design.

The newbuild hybrid vessel is of HAV 833 SOV design. The vessel will be equipped with a methanol-electric propulsion system, including a battery pack that allows very low to zero-emissions operations. The SOV is 93 metres long and 19.6 metres wide and can accommodate up to 124 people.

The main purpose of the SOV is to safely transfer technicians and spare parts to and from wind turbines and offshore substations.

Upon completion, the vessel will become an integral part of Ørsted’s UK East Coast Hub.  

This is the 11th SOV that ESVAGT is developing together with HAV Design. ESVAGT is a provider of safety and support at sea and a market leader within offshore wind solutions. The company has a fleet of more than 40 vessels and approximately 1,100 employees offshore and onshore. It is recognised as the market leader and largest operator of SOVs in Europe.

“Safety and sustainability are the core of ESVAGT’s business strategy, and one of our key priorities is to support decarbonising offshore activities,” said Kristian Ole Jakobsen, ESVAGT’s Deputy CEO. “This includes helping our customers to decarbonise their supply chains. To achieve this, we collaborate with suppliers that fit this strategy. This is a key reason for choosing the HAV 833 SOV design, which we know and trust for both its excellent operational and environmental benefits.”

The vessel will be constructed at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey.

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