The vessel, named Esvagt Schelde, is the first in a new series to be delivered to Esvagt. Work is well under way on a second vessel of the same type, and the third is being towed to the yard in Leirvik and is scheduled for arrival early in 2021.
The new vessel is a Havyard 831 L service operation vessel (SOV).
The Havyard 831 L SOV is 70.50 m overall with a beam of 16.60 m and a speed of approximately 12 knots. It is designed to transfer windfarm technicians to turbines using a walk-to-work gangway from SMTS and Esvagt’s STB 7B and STB 12A safe transfer boats.
The vessel was designed to have reduced fuel consumption and emissions, and optimal manoeuvrability when operating in a windfarm. It was also designed with large cargo and warehouse facilities and an elevator with direct access from all decks to the motion-compensated gangway.
The trio of new vessels are expected to be assigned to the Borssele III and IV offshore windfarm in the Netherlands, and the Triton Knoll and Moray East offshore windfarms in the UK.