Shipowner Esvagt has confirmd an order for another service operation vessel, a ship that will be contracted to work on an offshore windfarm in the UK.
The new vessel will be used by MHI Vestas on the Moray East offshore windfarm in the UK from 2021 onwards. This brings the number of SOVs that the company will have on contract to MHI Vestas to five.
Esvagt and MHI Vestas have been working together since 2008. In the last 12 months Esvagt Mercator has been servicing MHI Vestas on the Nobelwind and Belwind offshore windfarms in Belgium, and in August 2019, a newly-built SOV will enter into a 15-year contract with MHI Vestas on the Deutsche Bucht windfarm in Germany.
In September 2018, MHI Vestas and Esvagt signed contracts for the delivery of two new SOVs for the Borssele III-IV windfarms in the Netherlands and Triton Knoll in the UK and announced that the deal also included an option on a third vessel. That option that is now being taken up, making it the fifth contract for a newbuild SOV between the two parties.
The latest vessel will be of Havyard’s 831L design, like the first two vessels in the deal. It will be equipped with Esvagt’s STB12 and STB7 safe transfer boats and will have accommodation for up to 60 people. It will also have a walk-to-work gangway. The vessel for Moray East is expected to be ready for charter in February 2021.