Østensjø Rederi wins Dong Energy SOV dealVessel & ROV News // October 12, 2015
Østensjø Rederi’s SOV is a new design, the UT 540 WP, from Rolls-Royce.
Østensjø Rederi in Norway has been awarded a contract to provide a service operation vessel (SOV) for Dong Energy. The contract will require a newbuild vessel for operation on the Race Bank offshore windfarm in the UK. The contract awarded to the company by Dong Energy is for five years firm with five optional years. Commencement is 1 September 2017. The vessel will function as a support ship for turbine technicians as they undertake maintenance work on the windfarm.
“This contract enables us to expand our business into the renewable energy sector. It has been the strategy of Østensjø Rederi to diversify our operations. We are pleased that Dong Energy has awarded us this exciting opportunity in a sector where we believe there will be further opportunities for similar vessels in the near future,” said Johan Rokstad, CEO of Østensjø Rederi.
The SOV is a dynamic positioning class 2 (DP2) SOV with excellent stationkeeping capability. It will have 60 single cabins and accommodate up to 40 wind turbine technicians in addition to a marine crew of 20. A motion compensated gangway system with an adjustable pedestal will be installed to transfer turbine technicians and enhance uptime. The 81.10m vessel will have a beam of 17.0m and work out of an operations base in Grimsby on the east coast of the UK.
The SOV is a Rolls-Royce design developed in close cooperation with Østensjø Rederi and Astilleros Gondan in Spain, who will build the vessel. It marks Rolls-Royce’s entry into the growing market for SOVs. F3 Offshore in Germany was engaged by Østensjø Rederi to act as the broker for the deal.