Poland’s Nauta Shiprepair Yard today launched a partly outfitted offshore service vessel (OSV) – Esvagt Njord – destined to operate at the 400 MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm off Norfolk, UK , once completed.
Nauta and Havyard Ship Technology of Norway, the designer of the vessel, signed a shipbuilding contract for the 84-meter-long, 17-meter-wide Esvagt Njord back in January 2015.
Prior to that, back in December 2014, Havyard received the order for the vessel from the Danish OSV operator Esvagt.
Esvagt Njord will have room for 40 wind turbine technicians. The technicians, who will service and carry out maintenance on the wind turbines, will live on the ship, from where they will service the turbines and, among other things, be transferred to the turbines via a special gangway system.
Esvagt signed a 5-year servicing contract for the Dudgeon OWF with Statoil in December 2014.
Esvagt Njord is expected to start servicing the wind farm in September 2016.