Ready vessel: Despite both a lengthy corona shutdown and financial problems for the shipyard, ESVAGT’s SOV newbuilding 'Esvagt Schelde' is now ready to start working for Vestas at Borssele 3-4 and Northwester 2 wind farms.
NHST-146 or 'Esvagt Schelde', the first of three SOV newbuildings for Vestas, is ready and accepted by the Class and by ESVAGT, and has been ready at its base port in Oostende since January 8th.
Prior to the vessel completion was an atypical process, says Project Director Gerner Eskelund:
‘Firstly, Havyard Shipyard was affected by an financial crisis that stopped work at the shipyard for months. Work on several of the more essential parts of the vessel had to wait – for example parts of the electrical equipment, and the work could only be resumed after a renegotiation with banks and with the shipyard. Fortunately, construction of the three hulls continued in Turkey at Cemre Shipyard’, he says. This lasted until the fall, when the shipyard in Norway unfortunately was forced to shut down due to Covid-19. In total, around 20% of the shipyard’s workers got tested positive, and the shipyard had to wait several weeks before reopening, once the health authorities had introduced a series of intensified guidelines re. control and work processes.
‘We have been good at speeding up the process where possible to make up for some of the lost time. Among other things, we have had colleagues dedicated to overseeing all processes at the shipyard . This was a big help, but the delivery of the vessel was overall a bit delayed’, says Gerner Eskelund.
The hurdles have meant that the vessel is now ready to start its charter a couple of months behind schedule – not as planned, admits Kristian Ole Jakobsen, DCEO at ESVAGT, but:
‘We are thankful for having such strong partners in Vestas, Cemre Shipyard, Havyard Design & Solutions and New Havyard Ship Technology, who have all shown understanding, flexibility and a strong will to pull together when needed. Likewise that Havyard in a difficult situation has done everything in its power to meet requirements and wishes. Finally, we are very satisfied that ESVAGT in this situation has the strength to, on its own, organise and make decisions that are optimal for the customer’, he says.
Henrik Baunsøe, captain on the 'Esvagt Schelde', also highlights the solid cooperation:
‘We have had an excellent cooperation together with Vestas regarding equipment testing and sea trials to ensure an optimal start. Likewise, teamwork between crew and office has been strong during the start-up phase. And last but not least, the crews deserve high praise for their extraordinary efforts in getting the vessel ready after we took over from the shipyard.’
'Esvagt Schelde' is the first of three SOV newbuildings for Vestas. The vessels will be operating in the wind farms Borssele 3-4 (NL), Northwester 2 (B), Triton Knoll and Moray East (both UK), and will in total contribute to delivering more than 2,500 MW green energy from 2021 and up to fifteen years onwards.
All three vessels have their hull built in Cemre Shipyard in Turkey, after which Havyard completes the vessels in Norway.
The next two SOVs are to be delivered later in 2021.
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 1000 employees on- and offshore.