The newbuilt SOV, ’Esvagt Alba’, arrived in Fraserburgh, Scotland, for final Marine Surveys before commencing work in the offshore windfarm Moray East.
950,000 British homes will be supplied with green energy when the Moray East Offshore Windfarm off the coast of Scotland is completed in 2022.
ESVAGT’s newbuilt Service Operations Vessel (SOV) ’Esvagt Alba’ will be the base for operations and maintenance on the windfarm, and Thursday the SOV called on Fraserburgh Harbor, where the final Marine Surveys awaits.
The ’Esvagt Alba’ is the second of three purpose-built Service Operations Vessels (SOV) that ESVAGT has built for Vestas. She is the sister vessel to the previous newbuilt in ESVAGT’s fleet, the SOV ’Esvagt Schelde’ now in service for Vestas in the Borssele 3-4 and Northwester 2 windfarms in Dutch and Belgian waters respectively, both working from their base port in Oostende.
“Havyard Leirvik A/S has provided top quality once again”, says Gerner Eskelund, Project Director, Newbuilding and Projects:
“The sea trials have gone well, and the DP system and height adjustable W2W gangway in particular have been thoroughly tested”, he says.
As always, ESVAGT has been on the lookout for opportunities for improvement but not many changes have been made between the two deliveries.
“After half a year in the windfarms, all feedback on the ’Esvagt Schelde’ has been positive and the adjustments we have made between the two sister vessels have been limited to minor improvements to the interior design”, says Gerner Eskelund.
When completed in 2022, the Moray East Offshore Wind will supply up to 40 percent of Scottish energy needs.
ESVAGT is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea and services both the offshore wind industry as well as the oil & gas industry.
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.
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.
ESVAGT was founded in 1981 and has a fleet of more than 40 vessels and approximately 1100 employees offshore and onshore.