The service operation vessel (SOV) for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore windfarm has been launched
Wind of Hope is being built at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey for vessel owners Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA). The launch took place on 21 September 2020.
Wind of Hope is due to operate from Ørsted’s east coast operations and maintenance facility at the UK port of Grimsby, starting next year, and will support the Hornsea Two offshore windfarm, providing accommodation for up to 64 windfarm technicians.
The SOV was designed to ensure that shift patterns offshore are as comfortable as possible for the crew. A motion-compensated gangway allows technicians to walk to work from the ship directly onto the transition piece of the turbine they are required to access and an onboard helideck enables efficient crew and cargo transfers to take place.
The vessel is 84.00 m in length with a breadth of 19.40 m, depth of 7.00 m and design draft of 5.00 m. Its propulsion is diesel-electric, and the ship has DP2 dynamic positioning. It will be fitted with a daughter craft for eight technicians and 1 tonne of cargo and in addition to the motion-compensated gangway will also have a motion-compensated crane.