Esvagtís latest service operation vessel (SOV), Esvagt Mercator, has been named at Port of Ostend in Belgium. The vessel has been chartered by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
The 58 m ship was designed for highest possible level of efficiency and low fuel consumption and will operate from the Port of Ostend. It will provide a base for 36 windfarm technicians for up to two weeks at sea.
The ship is equipped with three Ďsafe transfer boatsí designed for safe and efficient transfer of personnel from Esvagt Mercator to turbines. MHI Vestas has an operations and maintenance base in Ostend with 65 people in permanent employment.
Esvagt Mercator is significantly smaller than other SOVs and it is differently equipped compared to other units. Unlike other SOVs, it will only transfer technicians to turbines using the safe transfer boats, rather than using a motion-compensated gangway.
The vessel is the first of two Havyard 831 SOVs vessels for the Danish shipowner. The second vessel, for which a contract was signed earlier this year, is scheduled for completion by August 2019.
The SOV is of Havyard 831 SOV design and was developed in close co-operation between Havyard Design & Solutions and Esvagt. It was built by Turkish shipyard Cemre.
Esvagt Mercator will support 50 turbines on the Nobelwind offshore windfarm, and 55 turbines on the Belwind 1 project.