Havyard books order for wind farm service vessel

DECEMBER 19, 2014 — Norway's  Havyard Ship Technology AS has signed a contract with the Danish shipping company ESVAGT for the design and building of a further Havyard 832 SOV wind farm service vessel.

ESVAGT will use the vessel on a long-term contract with Dudgeon Ltd. for the provision of services for Dudgeon offshore wind farm, operated by Statoil, off the coast of Great Britain.

This wind farm is currently being built by Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar. When it is completed in 2017, it will deliver renewable energy to around 410,000 British homes.

The ship, designed by Havyard Design & Solutions in Fosnavåg, will be Havyard's third offshore wind service vessel and its third vessel for ESVAGT. It will be assigned build number 125 by Havyard Ship Technology's shipyard in Leirvik in Sogn and is scheduled for delivery to ESVAGT in September 2016.

Havyard Power & Systems, which is based in Ålesund, will deliver the electrical engineering, automation and alarm systems and Havyard Concept Bridge.Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane, Vice President Sales at Havyard Design & Solutions, says that Havyard's focus on service vessels for offshore wind power production is now bearing fruit.

"The contract for the first two ships for ESVAGT last summer was a breakthrough for Havyard in this market," Thrane says. "We were very happy to enter into a collaboration with ESVAGT on the first two vessels and even happier to note that they have again chosen us. Havyard has a strong brand name as regards the design and building of service vessels for offshore oil production, and we are now in the process of establishing a position for ourselves in the market for the production of renewable energy as well. The fact that we have products for and relations with different market segments is a big strongpoint for Havyard, and it means that we are not as vulnerable to fluctuations in each individual market."

Havyard Group now has ten newbuilds on order at its Leirvik shipyard and its shipbuilding business area has orders on its books worth around NOK 3 billion, with good capacity utilization until well into 2016. Havyard 832 SOVThe latest vessel for ESVAGT will be built to the Havyard 832 SOV design, specially adapted to meet the requirements in the assignment description from Statoil for Dudgeon offshore wind farm.

The ship's main job will be to provide accommodation for and carry personnel and equipment for the performance of service and maintenance on offshore windmills. Among other things, this means that the ship has a specialized gangway system that makes it possible to transfer personnel from the ship to wind turbines in harsh weather conditions. Emphasis has also been placed on 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 wind turbines 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
Accommodates: 60 persons

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