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HAV editor9.5.20222 min read

Hav Design chosen to develop Ørsted and UK-bound methanol-fueled SOV

ESVAGT has chosen HAV Design to develop an offshore wind service operation vessel (SOV) that will service renewable giant Ørsted’s UK East Regional programme.

HAV Design will deliver both the ship design and an integrated equipment package including propulsion system, engines, propellers and positioning system. The total contract value is approximately NOK 200 million.

“ESVAGT is very well familiar with the ship design and the operational benefits it brings. We are delighted with this this collaboration. We are aware of the high standards that ESVAGT requires from their suppliers and we use this as a benchmark to secure high-quality project execution, cost-efficiency and reduction of project risks to a minimum,” says 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 methanol-electric propulsion system, including a battery pack that allows very low to zero-emissions operations.

The SOV will be 93 metres long and 19.6 metres wide and will accommodate up to 124 persons.

Upon completion, the vessel will become an integral part of the operation and maintenance of Ørsted’s “UK East Regional programme”, which includes the Horn Sea Two Offshore Wind Farm offshore UK.

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

ESVAGT is a dedicated 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 recognized as the market leader and largest operator of SOVs in Europe.

Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane,  vice president of sales at HAV Design and Kristian Ole Jakobsen, DCEO in ESVAGT.
Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane, vice president of sales at HAV Design and Kristian Ole Jakobsen, DCEO in ESVAGT.

“This is the 10th SOV that ESVAGT is developing together with HAV Design. The long-term close cooperation with HAV Design will ensure the highest performance and efficiency, and always based on Safety First,” says Kristian Ole Jakobsen, DCEO in ESVAGT.

The HAV SOV designs has a well proven track record in the offshore wind industry due to its operational benefits such as low fuel consumption, high operability and workability, and with the highest comfort standard.

“As investments in the offshore wind industry is expected to grow substantially in the coming years and decades, with additional vessel capacity required, we expect to see increased interest in the vessel design going forward,” adds Vinjevoll Thrane.

HAV Design has not disclosed the value of its contract.

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