ESVAGT’s new SOV ready for action

In: VesselsWindfarms
11/01/2021
ESVAGT’s SOV newbuild is now ready to start working for Vestas at the Borssele 3&4 and Northwester 2 wind farms. NHST-146, 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 8 January.

The process prior to vessel completion was atypical, 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."

This lasted until the autumn, when the shipyard in Norway was forced to shut down due to Covid-19. In total, around 20% of the shipyard’s workers tested positive, and the shipyard had to wait several weeks before reopening, once the health authorities had introduced a series of intensified guidelines around 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."
said 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."

Henrik Baunsøe, captain on the NHST-146,  said: "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."

SOV NHST-146 is the first of three newbuildings for Vestas. 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.


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