Team Humber Marine Alliance’s (THMA) Chairman Mark O’Reilly was at the Port of Grimsby yesterday, where he got onboard the ESVAGT FROUDE, Siemens new Service Operation Vessel (SOV).
Havyard Ship Technology from Norway has designed and built the vessel, specially purposed to provide service and maintenance for offshore wind power installations.
“The vessel will be operating from the port for the next 3-4 months on the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind farm.
“I expect to see more of these vessels operating out of the Humber in the coming years supporting Round 3 wind farm projects. Good to see local companies involved including Windpower Support and Harris & Garrod,” O’Reilly said.
He added: “Interesting fact – William Froude (1810-1879) was an English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect. He was a personal friend of the Siemens brothers.”