ESVAGT: The world's first SOV's set sail

ESVAGT brings strong safety culture to the offshore wind industry. The shipping company now truly enters the offshore wind industry with the world’s first purpose-built Service Operation Vessels.

The Service Operation Vessels (SOV), ‘Esvagt Froude’ and ‘Esvagt Faraday’ that have been christened in joint events with Siemens in Rostock on 23 June and in Hamburg today, testify that ESVAGT’s ambition of transferring their maritime competences from the offshore oil and gas industry to the offshore wind energy industry is on track.

“We made a strategic decision to enter the offshore wind industry because we are convinced that our safety culture, experience and performance - already proven in the oil and gas industry - will be a positive contribution to the somewhat younger offshore wind industry,” says Søren Nørgaard Thomsen, Managing Director for ESVAGT: “The contracts with Siemens indicate that we are heading in the right direction. At the same time these significant investments demonstrate ESVAGT’s wholehearted focus and commitment to the offshore wind industry,” he says.


ESVAGT is looking forward to sharing its substantial experience and strong safety culture, and together with Siemens, enter a new era in offshore wind energy with new, large offshore wind farms being placed further ashore than ever before.

“Our safety record speaks for itself but we were also selected due to our recent performance within the offshore wind segment. The ’Esvagt Beta’ and ’Esvagt Supporter’ have already had great success supporting offshore wind farms, where our concept for personnel transfer by boat has really proved its worth,” says Søren Nørgaard Thomsen:

”As a supplement to the “Walk-to-Work” gangway, we have equipped the Service Operation Vessels with the newly developed ESVAGT Safe Transfer Boats (STB 7 and STB 12). They are designed in-house based on more than 20 years of experience in boat development and more than 100,000 boat transfers. These boats will in a safe manner provide the industry with additional efficiencies and cost reductions.” he says.


ESVAGT consolidates its activites in the offshore wind market with a third purpose-built SOV, which has to service the 400 MW ‘Dudgeon Wind Farm’ off the East Coast of England from autumn 2016.


Source: ESVAGT   27.06.2015
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