FEBRUARY 15, 2015 — Norway's Havyard Ship Technology AS reports that its Leirvik shipyard has delivered the first of three Havyard 8302 SV wind farm service vessels to Danish shipowner Esvagt.
The vessel is the first of a pair ordered in July 2013 to work under long-term contracts with Siemens on service assignments for offshore wind farms. The second is scheduled for delivery from the shipyard in March this year. Esvagt has also ordered an additional Havyard 832 SOV from the shipbuilder that will be under contract for the Dudgeon windfarm, which is operated by Statoil.
"This is yet another milestone for Havyard," says Kenneth Pettersen, head of the Ship Technology business area in Havyard Group ASA."Havyard has good references and a strong position in designing, building and fitting out advanced vessels for use in connection with offshore oil production. We have now used this expertise and experience to gain a foothold in the new and exciting renewable energy segment. We also design and build vessels for the fisheries and aquaculture industries, and we have orders for several icebreaker vessels on our books."
"In times with low oil prices and a weak market for the oil service companies, it is a strength that we have several strings to our bow," he adds. "We will use our expertise to continue to explore opportunities in alternative markets."
As with the other vessels built at the shipyard, the design and detailed engineering for production of the vessel are provide by Havyard Design & Solutions, with Havyard Power & Systems, which is based in Ålesund, delivering the electrical engineering, automation and alarm systems and Havyard ConceptBridge. Havyard Ship Technology now has fishing vessels, live fish carriers, offshore vessels, icebreakers and service vessels for wind farms under construction for shipping companies from Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Russia.
"Most companies in our industry are experiencing a challenging situation because of the low oil price, a reduced activity level and cost-cutting by the oil companies," says Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane, who is Senior Vice President Sales at Havyard Design & Solutions AS. "However, we also see many opportunities in other markets, not just in the offshore industry. The low exchange rate for the Norwegian krone is also an advantage for us, and we are now finding that we can compete with countries that we have previously regarded as low-cost countries. This is a golden opportunity for foreign shipping companies, or shipping companies whose revenues are in foreign currency, to build in Norway."
In addition to designs for the building of ships at Havyard's own yard, Havyard Design & Solutions also has orders for the delivery of design and equipment packages for the building of ships of Havyard design in Brazil, Spain, Singapore, India and China.
HAVYARD 832 SOV
The primary task of the Havyard 832 SOV vessels will be to provide accommodations and transportation for personnel and equipment involved in service and maintenance of offshore wind turbines.
The ship is equipped with a specialized gangway system that makes it possible to transfer personnel to the wind turbines in harsh weather conditions.
Emphasis has been placed on providing good facilities and comfort for the personnel on board, the ability to stay in position by the wind turbines, and environmentally friendly and economical transit between onshore bases and the offshore wind farms offshore.
The Havyard 832 SOV has a foreship designed to have good properties in both calm and rough seas and a stern with twin skegs that improve the performance of the hull and propellers and their operating economy.
Length: 83.7 m
Breadth: 17.6 m
Speed: 14 knots
Accommodations: 60 persons