Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard Ship Technology has delivered the first of three Havard 832 SOV wind farm service vessels to Danish shipowner Esvagt from its Leirvik shipyard in Sogn, Norway.
This first vessel will be used under long-term contracts with Siemens on service assignments for offshore wind farms. The second vessel is expected to be delivered in March this year.
Havyard Group Ship Technology business area head Kenneth Pettersen said: "Havyard has good references and a strong position in designing, building and fitting-out advanced vessels for use in connection with offshore oil production.
"We have now used this expertise and experience to gain a foothold in the new and exciting renewable energy segment."
The third vessel under order will be contracted for work at Dudgeon wind farm, which is being developed 32km off the coast of Cromer in North Norfolk, and will be operated by Statoil.
Designed by Herøy-based Havyard design and solutions, the vessels will be able to carry personnel and equipment for the performance of service and maintenance on offshore windmills.
These 83.7m-long and 17.6m-wide ships will be capable of accommodating 60 people and cruising at a speed of 14k.
In July 2013, Havyard Ship Technology secured the order from Esvagt to build the first two Havyard 832 SOV windmill service vessels.
The contract for the third service ship for the Dudgeon wind farm was signed in December 2014.
Image: The vessel’s specialised gangway system enables personnel transfer in adverse weather. Photo: courtesy of Havyard Group.