Safeway and Marcelo Penna Engineering unveil SOV design

In: Vessels
03/11/2020

Spanish engineering company Marcelo Penna Engineering has joined forces with Safeway, the Dutch specialist in the design and manufacture of offshore transfer equipment, to design an intelligent Service Operation Vessel (SOV) with a focus on crew comfort, safety, reliability and workability in combination with lowering costs.

The outcome of the collaboration is the
DP2 MP625 SOV, andthe recently introduced Safeway Gannet 3D motion-compensated offshore access system, with its unique features such as ‘zero impact bumpering’ or ‘hover-mode’ and roll compensation capability.

“For both our companies innovation was the key driver behind this partnership. Our common goal was to come up with a high-quality design and cutting-edge technology that would minimize construction and maintenance costs, maximize operational efficiency at sea and reduce any unplanned downtime,”
explained Marcelo Penna, CEO of Marcelo Penna Engineering. “And we are confident that the MP625 SOV and Safeway’s Gannet gangway will become a popular combination in the demanding and fast-growing SOV market.”

The SOV 's trimaran hull allows for a mazimum speed up to 21 kts, while providing full comfort for personnel and cargo transfers (between 1,000 and 2,000 kg) with up to 3.5 m waves, compared to the industry norm of Hs 2.5 m.

“Our Safeway Gannet 3D motion-compensated access system was developed in response to evolving requirements for fast, safe and efficient walk-to-work systems such as those being sought by Equinor and its partners for the massive offshore wind farms they plan to build on Dogger Bank,”
added Wijnand van Aalst, CEO of Safeway. “Vessel and gangway must be able to connect and transfer personnel and equipment in a significant wave height of 3.5 m Hs, while the SOV must also be more compact than those built to date for services in the North Sea.”

With a length of only 64 m, the MP625 is around 20 m smaller than SOVs built to date. Additionally, the vessel will be equipped with three diesel engines, each of these coupled with two electric engines, offering a hybrid solution and a total output power of 4.4 MW. By equipping the SOV with lithium batteries, the vessel is said to be capable of remaining in DP for up to 12 hours in silent mode.


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