Gondan shipyard lays keel of SOV for Dong EnergyYard News // September 20, 2016
15 September 2016 saw Spanish shipyard Gondan lay the keel of a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the windfarm technicians on Dong Energy's Race Bank offshore windfarm.
The 81.10m long vessel has a beam of 17.0m and is the first of the two SOVs that Gondan will deliver to Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi. Both ships are being built according to the UT 540 WP design by Rolls-Royce Marine.
The SOV will be equipped with an Uptime 23m heave compensated walk-to-work and a crew transfer vessel landing system with bunkering facility. In addition to the gangway, 11m daughter craft will allow the safe transfer of maintenance technicians to wind turbines.
The environmentally friendly vessels will have Rolls-Royce Marine's SAVe Cube system, based on variable rpm operation of the generator sets, to reduce emissions.