Dong confirms deal for another SOVVessel & ROV News // May 10, 2016
Ostensjø Rederi is to provide a second service operation vessel (SOV) for Dong Energy, a contract that will require a newbuild vessel for operations at the Hornsea Project One offshore windfarm in the UK.
Dong Energy has declared an option for a second SOV for a period of five years firm and five optional years. The 81.1m vessel will have a beam of 17.0m and be a sister vessel of the SOV awarded by Dong Energy in October of 2015. It will function as a mothership for wind turbine technicians as they undertake maintenance work on the Hornsea Project One windfarm. The second vessel will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.
The vessel is a dynamic positioning class 2 SOV with a high level of stationkeeping and accommodation for 60 in single cabins of a high standard. This will enable it to 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 ensure safe operations and optimal uptime. The vessel is expected to be equipped with a helideck.
The SOVs were designed by Rolls-Royce in close co-operation with Østensjø Rederi. Astilleros Gondan in Spain will build the vessel.