ESVAGT to build new vessel for major offshore wind contract

Denmark’s ESVAGT is building a new vessel after winning a 10-year contract to support MHI Vestas Offshore Wind maintaining turbines off the Belgian coast.

The new contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is for the servicing of the 165 MW Nobelwind project, located 50 km off the Belgian coast. Together with the existing Belwind 1 project, the work will require a purpose built service operation vessel (SOV), which ESVAGT has commissioned Norway’s Havyard to design.

Søren Nørgaard Thomsen, managing director or ESVAGT, commented: “We are very pleased that MHI Vestas has decided to enter into a new contract with ESVAGT. MHI Vestas believed in the ESVAGT concept from the beginning. During the past 5 years, we have worked closely together to continuously improve efficiency and safety. We therefore see the new contract for a purpose build ship as a clear signal that our ESVAGT concept has been a success”.

The SOV will be built at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey and is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2017.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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