Havyard says that newbuild number 118 has arrived from Turkey at the yard in Leirvik, being the first of two vessels that will be outfitted to provide service and maintenance for offshore wind power installations.
After a month on tow from Turkey, where the hull was built, build number 118 was assigned a place in dry dock when it arrived. It is the first of two vessels to be built for the shipping company ESVAGT, a new customer for Havyard, which says it is already expert at designing and building vessels for the fishing and offshore oil industry, and has now opened the door to a new market: renewable energy.
The newbuild is a Havyard 832 SOV design (Service Operation Vessel) and will be used to service and maintain wind turbines. "The essential thing about this design is that the service technicians board the wind turbines via a heave-compensated walkway, which means it is important that the vessel's movements are gentle and calm," explains Arve Helsem Leine, Design Manager at Havyard Design & Solutions.
The vessel is specially adapted for its assignments and has workshops and a big aft storeroom for parts and spare parts for the wind turbines. "There are also good facilities on board, such as a cinema, exercise room and game room, to ensure job satisfaction. And, not least, everyone has their own cabin," says Helsem Leine. The vessel has room for 40 service technicians from Siemens, which is the operator. In addition, the vessel will have a crew of 20.
The Havyard 832 SOV is 83.7 m LOA, 12.6 m in width, with a design speed of 14 knots.