‘Esvagt Mercator’ keeps Nobelwind and Belwind spinning

Press release   •   Dec 10, 2017 15:58 CET

'Esvagt Mercator' was named on 1 December 2017 in Oostende, Belgium by Godmother Stine Würtz Jepsen.

ESVAGT’s latest new build the ‘Esvagt Mercator’ has begun her 10-year contract servicing more than 100 offshore wind turbines in Belgian waters.

Servicing the 50 turbines at Nobelwind, Belgium’s newest offshore wind farm and the 55 turbines at Belwind 1, the Service Operation Vessel (SOV) ‘Esvagt Mercator’ continues the fine collaboration between MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and ESVAGT. Chief Commercial Officer, Søren Karas, looks forward to a continued partnership:

“The ‘Esvagt Mercator’ is the latest development in our proven SOV concept and an example of the innovation made in fruitful cooperation with MHI Vestas. Collaborating and partnering in finding new, innovative solutions helps us on the road to a lower cost of renewable energy”, Søren Karas says.

Prior to commencing the contract, godmother Stine Würtz Jepsen christened the ‘Esvagt Mercator’ at the Port of Oostende on 1 December. ESVAGT crew and MHI Vestas technicians elaborated on seven years of shared operational experience with ‘Esvagt Supporter’ at Belwind 1 and on looking forward to continue that partnership. 


ESVAGT is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea, founded on an experienced and well-trained offshore crew and unmatched rescue capabilities.

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

In 2010, ESVAGT brought the dedicated offshore wind Service Operation Vessels (SOV) to the market. 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.