Dudgeon Offshore SOV contract

Mon, 05 January 2015

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited has awarded a five year contract for the Service Operation Vessel to Esvagt AS. The contracted Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for Dudgeon wind farm is of the Havyard-832 design with a length of 83.7 metres and a beam of 17.6 metres.

"Dudgeon is the first offshore wind farm in the UK using a Service Operation Vessel; a concept we expect to see more frequently used as the wind farms get bigger and are located further from shore. We are therefore very pleased to sign the contract with one of the ship owner that has been in the forefront of developing and maturing this concept," said Dudgeon Operations Manager Rune Rønvik. "Esvagt is offering a highly advanced SOV, ensuring safe and efficient transportation of people and equipment to the Dudgeon wind turbines," Rønvik concluded.

The vessel has a gangway system and a heave-compensated crane for the safe transfer of personnel and goods to/from the turbines and the substation. The noise and vibration criteria as specified in the Clean Design and Comfort Class combined with the installation of an anti-roll stabilizing system is further adding to the comfort levels of the people onboard. The warehouse logistics onboard is containerised allowing quick turnarounds in port.

The contract includes options for extension, up to a total of 5 additional years.

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, which holds the licenses and consents to enable it to construct the Dudgeon offshore wind farm, is owned by two Norwegian companies, Statoil and Statkraft, and Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar. Statoil holds the responsibility as operator for both the construction and the operational phase.

By Jake Frith

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