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ESVAGT ensures calm waters during test of wave power device

Press Release   •   Feb 12, 2019 08:00 CET

ESVAGT's vessels and crew can handle tasks as diverse as towing a wave power device.

Wave power is one of the possible sources of renewable energy, and ESVAGT has helped Wavepiston install their device at the test site near Hanstholm, Denmark.

For the past many years, offshore wind farms have considerably contributed to the generation of Danish carbon-neutral energy, but the turbines are not the only promising source of renewable energy at sea.

The ‘Esvagt Connector’ took part in placing Wavepiston’s wave power device, a potential future source of renewable energy.

The ‘Esvagt Connector’ was in charge of towing the power system from port and three kilometres out at sea, Southeast of Hanstholm, and the crew managed the anchor handling and pulling the over 300-metre long chain, which is part of the device.

ESVAGT’s help was much appreciated, says CEO Michael Henriksen, Wavepiston:

‘It is unquestionable that the crew on board the ‘Esvagt Connector’ know what they’re doing. It has been an absolute pleasure to cooperate with them’, he says:

‘It is clear that ESVAGT’s main focus is on the personnel’s and the equipment’s safety. They are on top of everything, which in turn results in a very serene and efficient process on site. We can truly learn from that, adds Michael Henriksen.

The satisfaction runs both ways, as ESVAGT’s Head of Commercial, Ib Hansen, is pleased with the cooperation and the evident trust from Wavepiston:

‘Thanks to the ‘Esvagt Connector’ and other multirole vessels in our fleet, we are able to help our customers with a large range of tasks, including anchor handling and towing. These are areas where we can see a potential expansion, and we are pleased with the trust that Wavepiston has shown us, and the opportunity for us to demonstrate what we are capable of’, says Ib Hansen.

The ‘Esvagt Connector’ has previously solved unusual towing tasks, such as towing none other than The Royal Navy back in December 2015 - see link.

The test in Hanstholm was the last in a series of trials before launching full scale tests, which are expected to be completed between 2019 and 2021. Michael Henriksen expects that commercial wave power will be available during 2022.

About ESVAGT

ESVAGT is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea and a market leader within offshore wind solutions. 

We support the offshore Oil & Gas industries with a wide range of specialized services: Standby, Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRV), Oil spill response, Firefighting, Tanker assists, Rig moves, Supply services and Interfield transfer of cargo and personnel.

We service offshore wind farms and have a fleet of dedicated Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which ESVAGT pioneered in 2010. The SOVs provide accommodation for technicians, spare time facilities, offices and conference room, storage for small turbine parts, workshops, etc. The SOV offers flexible personnel and equipment transfer capabilities by either Walk-to-Work gangway system or Safe Transfer Boats.

ESVAGT was founded in 1981 and has a fleet of more than 40 vessels and approximately 900 employees on- and offshore.