• 2019 March 24 14:27

    ESVAGT increases presence in dynamic offshore wind market

    With the newbuilding ‘Esvagt Dana’, ESVAGT aims straight for the dynamic market for SOV vessels. When the ‘Esvagt Dana’ entered into contract with Vattenfall on the Horns Rev III wind farm in the middle of February, it was on an atypically short Service Operation Vessel (SOV) contract, Esvargt said in a media release.

    All of ESVAGT’s other SOVs that currently service the offshore wind farms in the North Sea and the Baltic are built for long-term contracts for a specific task in a fixed area.

    The ‘Esvagt Dana’ is a pattern breaker:

    ‘The choice of SOV vessels available for short contracts is very limited’, says Ib Hansen, Head of Commercial at ESVAGT:

    ‘We see that there is potential in offering an SOV with ESVAGT’s competences and concept to a market that is more dynamic’, he evaluates.

    Fast and efficient

    With the ‘Esvagt Dana’, ESVAGT offers a newly built SOV that is tremendously adaptable and able to perform a wide range of tasks. The 'Esvagt Dana’ has a Walk-to-Work system, boat transfer with ESVAGT’s STB12 transfer boat, and a centrally placed crane – all elements that have already resulted in positive operational experience:

    ‘Vattenfall and the crew deserve some credit for taking advantage of the vessel’s many possibilities in order to drive a safe and efficient operation, where you really get work done’, says Ib Hansen:

    ‘The vessel has a centrally placed crane which can operate towards both sides, and the gangway system can similarly operate from both port and starboard. This presents potential for much faster tempering and streamlining of both transfers of cargo and of personnel without compromising safety. The client and crew have succeeded in taking advantage of this potential’, adds Ib Hansen.

    Good conditions on board

    A contributing factor to the efficient operation is an increased utilisation of the STB12. It is used for both ordinary transfers and for those transfers where the gangway system isn’t usable.

    ‘For example, if the weather is foggy, thus hindering us in approaching the wind turbine by vessel, or if we cannot use the Walk-to-Work system due to work on the wind turbine, our STB12 can thankfully do the job. This has supported making the entire operation highly efficient’, says Ib Hansen.

    The vessel also delivers an outstanding performance outside working hours. According to Captain Viggo Hvidberg, accommodation on board engenders a positive response, particularly as the ‘Esvagt Dana’s 76 single cabins enables the vessel to house a high number of technicians and specialists in a comfortable manner:

    ‘Day-to-day work is flawless. We are often praised for our accommodation with the single cabins and en suite bathrooms. Anyone who has tried working shifts with hot bedding knows that this is a real bonus. Not least when particularly bad weather prevents us from working on the wind turbines’, says Viggo Hvidberg.

    About ESVAGT
    ESVAGT founded in 1981 today is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea and a market leader within offshore wind solutions. ESVAGT supports the offshore Oil & Gas industries with a wide range of specialized services: Standby, Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRV), Oil spill response, Firefighting, Tanker assists, Rig moves, Supply services and Interfield transfer of cargo and personnel. The Company services offshore wind farms and have a fleet of dedicated Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which ESVAGT pioneered in 2010. The SOVs provide accommodation for technicians, spare time facilities, offices and conference room, storage for small turbine parts, workshops, etc. The SOV offers flexible personnel and equipment transfer capabilities by either Walk-to-Work gangway system or Safe Transfer Boats. ESVAGT has a fleet of more than 40 vessels and approximately 900 employees on- and offshore.




2019 April 18

18:36 South Stream Transport B.V. and Saipem announce the amicable settlement of mutual differences
18:06 Seaway 7 selected as partner to develop Hollandse Kust Zuid Offshore Wind Farm
17:36 WinGD reports strong first quarter 2019
17:11 Launching ceremony held for eighth shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20
17:05 SOFEC completes engineering, supply and delivery of mooring system
16:26 Port of Murmansk to welcome eight cruise liners in summer season of 2019
16:05 Cooperation agreement between Eimskip and Royal Arctic line approved by the Icelandic Competition Authority
15:44 Navios Acquisition announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers
15:12 Nefteflot laid down two barges of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
15:10 MOL to acquire strategic stake in six group companies, each owning a Very Large Ethane Carrier
14:40 Port of Rotterdam freight throughput grows by 5.1% in first quarter of 2019
13:44 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 Biggest European shipbuilders collaborate on vessel connectivity in project Code Kilo
12:49 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the first quarter 2019
12:13 Frontex, EMSA and EFCA open second annual European Coast Guard Event
11:51 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combat training missions as part of final check for winter training season
11:27 ASCO took part in TransRussia-2019
11:00 ZIM joins to blockchain shipping solution TradeLens
10:44 Shareholders agreement on construction of Lavna terminal signed under Murmansk Transport Hub project
10:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $71.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $63.82
10:09 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
09:53 Keppel secures integration and upgrading contracts worth around S$160 million
09:37 Tri-City ports take part in Seatrade Cruise Global
09:36 Bunker Market this morning, April 18
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 767 points

2019 April 17

19:00 SMS Towage’s Humber fleet adds new tug
18:36 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
18:06 DESMI's CompactClean Ballast Water Management System receives US Coast Guard Type Approval
17:36 Denmark's first new-build hybrid ferry on key passenger route
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:38 Matson receives new cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal
16:17 Stena Europe undergoes refit upgrades in Turkey
16:11 Kuehne + Nagel launches first online seafreight service solution with guaranteed lead time in container shipping
15:40 HELCOM addressed nutrients, stormwater and microlitter issues at PRESSURE 10-2019
15:04 Murmansk Commercial Seaport commissions dust and wind shields
14:39 Port of Riga and Port of Qingdao sign Cooperation Agreement
14:02 Damen launches two road ferries for Canadian operator BC Ferries
13:22 DNV GL awards CMHI AIPs for two new offshore designs
12:53 Pacific Fleet warships and Royal Thai Navy hold joint trainings in the Sea of Japan
12:31 Port of Cardiff prepares for start of 2019 cruise season
12:22 Tristar Group signs second major deal with Shell for 6 chemical tankers
12:06 Far East ports’ capacity exceeds that of Russian Railways by 30-40%
11:38 Gazprom Neft completed development of logistic scheme for shipments of Arctic oil under Novy Port project (video)
11:09 GTT posts revenues of €58.9 million in Q1 2019
10:45 Yury Gilts appointed as Managing Director of Volga Shipping Company
10:23 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.36% to $71.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $64.48
10:09 Arkona offshore wind farm switched on in the Baltic Sea
09:37 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:34 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr.17
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 749 points
09:04 Keppel receives final approval for the conversion of Gimi FLNG project

2019 April 16

18:36 Bahri further strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region
18:06 Talos Energy provides additional update on Zama appraisal program
17:50 SCF's “Green Finance” wins Marine Money award
17:36 Songa Bulk ASA to merge with Axxis Geo Solutions AS
17:21 Amphibious ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet take part in drills in the Barents Sea
17:06 Fincantieri delivers FREMM “Antonio Marceglia” to the Italian Navy
16:56 Scorpio Bulkers announces sale and leaseback agreements for six dry bulk vessels
16:43 Digital Container Shipping Association launched with Maersk exec installed as CEO
16:22 Nauticor commences supply of LNG by ship to the Gothia Tanker Alliance