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Gunnar Larsen17.7.20231 min read

HAV Group chosen to develop ESVAGT SOV

Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement dated 5 July 2023 regarding HAV Group’s ship design business being chosen to develop another methanol-fuelled offshore wind service operation vessel (SOV) for ESVAGT. HAV Group has now signed the final contract with ESVAGT’s chosen shipyard.

HAV Group 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.


“We at HAV Group consider ourselves to be an enabler of the green transition at sea. To be chosen to develop this SOV, with its impressive environmental profile, is a perfect strategic fit for us,” says Gunnar Larsen, CEO of HAV Group.

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 is 93 metres long and 19.6 metres wide and can accommodate up to 124 persons.
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 Group. 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 recognized 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 decarbonizing offshore activities. 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,” says Kristian Ole Jakobsen, ESVAGT’s Deputy CEO.
The vessel will be constructed at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey. HAV Group’s contract party is HAV Design AS.

For further information, please contact:
Gunnar Larsen, CEO
+47 901 05 694