Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has announced the launch of its new service operations vessel (SOV), Wind of Hope, at Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard.

The vessel will serve Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm that will begin operations in 2022. It is located approximately 55 miles away from the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea.

Wind of Hope is scheduled to arrive at the east coast operations and maintenance facility of Ørsted at the port of Grimsby, UK, next year.

The vessel will be able to accommodate approximately 64 technicians who will oversee the service and maintenance of the wind turbines. It will also be able to accommodate additional vessel crew.

The SOV is 84m long and is 2m bigger compared to the new Hornsea Two blades that were manufactured at Siemens Gamesa’s blade factory in Hull.

It will operate as an accommodation base and is equipped with different modifications that will ensure comfortable offshore shift patterns for the crew.

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Technicians can walk directly from the ship to the transition piece of the turbine, using a motion-compensated gangway.

Additionally, the on-board helideck ensures that crew and cargo transfers are efficient.

LDA deputy CEO Kamil Beffa said: “We are delighted to reach a turning point in the construction of this second SOV dedicated to Ørsted’s Hornsea Two wind farm.

“It means a lot to our marine industrial solutions strategy as a partner of the Danish wind energy leader.

“It is also an exciting commitment in favour of clean and renewable energy and our continued focus on safety and environmental footprint with innovative ship designs.”

In June last year, Danish shipbuilder and operator MHO-Co chose Danfoss Editron to provide drivetrain systems that will power two hybrid crew transfer vessels (CTV) that will serve Hornsea Two.