ESVAGT will operate the vessels and deliver services in connection with maintenance of offshore windmill installations. The vessels are due to be delivered from Havyard Ship Technology`s shipyard in Leirvik in Sogn, Norway in December 2014 and March 2015. The vessels will become newbuilds 118 and 119 from Havyard Ship Technology.

ESVAGT is a new customer for Havyard and it is also the first time Havyard will design vessels for service and maintenance of offshore windmills. The basis for this design, however, is taken from technology that Havyard has developed and delivered to the offshore oil industry through time.

- We are very pleased by agreeing this contract with ESVAGT for delivery of their new windmill service vessels, says Sales Manager Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane of Havyard Design and Solutions. – We have worked with ESVAGT and these projects over a long period of time and it has been a demanding process. ESVAGT is a very competent and professional customer and is a market leader within their field of expertise. This is both challenging and rewarding.

- Havyard 832 SOV has been designed based on specifications from ESVAGT and together with our solid competence within shipbuilding and design of advanced offshore vessels; we have together made a product that the market demands.

ESVAGT is a new customer for Havyard and through this cooperation a potential new market with great future opportunities opens up. Energy from offshore windmills is a rapidly increasing market and through this contract we have a good starting point together with market leaders.

- We know that we are competitive as we have agreed a contract with ESVAGT, and in this cooperation we will need to be at our best to meet their expectations. These are the kind of challenges and recognition we are striving towards and we are looking forward to a long and solid cooperation with ESVAGT, Sales Manager Thrane says.

ESVAGT was founded in 1981 and has their main offices in Esbjerg in Denmark. The company operates within ERRV and AHTS vessels, safety training and oil spill contingency. ESVAGT has a fleet of 39 vessels including the two Havyard vessels.
- We have chosen Havyard for their innovative design and their professional approach during the development stage of this project, says Kristian Ole Jakobsen, CTO of ESVAGT.

- We are not trying to reinvent the wheel every time, says Design Manager Arve Leine of Havyard Design & Solutions. – The most successful development of new products are often based on recycling familiar technology, but quite likely improved and made use of in new ways.
- The Havyard 832 SOV design is a good example of this. This design is based on our PSVs where we have incorporated technology that is used to serve the needs for service and maintenance of offshore windmill installations. There is of course a list of new demands put onto a vessel of this design and in cooperation with ESVAGT we have reached a new design that we think will perform these assignments in the safest and most economical way.
- Main capabilities for such a vessel is that it needs to be a stable, secure and comfortable work platform for the crew working on the windmill installations and that it has capacities for carrying necessary equipment and cargo. In addition, the vessel must of course be operation-economical, both in transit between harbour and installations and when it is positioned by the installations. We have therefore put huge emphasis on optimizing hull in relation to fuel economy and sea keeping capabilities, in addition to arrangement of cargo capabilities, machinery and accommodation for crew, says Design Manager Leine.

Key data Havyard 832 SOV:
Length:       83.7 m
Breadth:     17.6 m
Speed:        14 knots