September 4, 2019
Eemshaven, NL

Purpose-built ‘ESVAGT Albert Betz’ christened today at Port of Eemshaven.

With construction nearly complete at Deutsch Bucht Offshore Wind Farm in the German Exclusive Economic Zone, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind received the purpose-built ‘ESVAGT Albert Betz’ Service Operation Vessel (SOV) today at a christening ceremony in Eemshaven.

“With ‘ESVAGT Albert Betz’, MHI Vestas and ESVAGT have raised the bar once again in the efficient operation of an offshore wind farm,” said MHI Vestas Chief Operations Officer, Flemming Ougaard. “Building on our shared experience, we’ve developed a state-of-the-art ship that will facilitate safe and effective service operations for the next 15 years at Deutsche Bucht.”

The latest SOV from ESVAGT will be in service to the project’s 33 V164-8.4 MW turbines beginning in September, having been designed specifically for the task at hand.

“In the design of the ship, we have utilized both ESVAGT’s extensive knowledge of SOV and experience from the work in offshore wind farms,” said ESVAGT Project Director, Gerner Eskelund. “We have optimized the design so that the ship is adapted and tailored specifically to the tasks that await.”

ESVAGT and MHI Vestas have been collaborating since 2008, with the newly-inaugurated ‘ESVAGT Albert Betz’ joining ‘ESVAGT Mercator’ which services the offshore wind farms, Nobelwind and Belwind, in Belgium.

Deutsche Bucht is Canada-based power producer, Northland Power’s, third offshore wind farm. The wind farm, located over 100 kilometres from the German mainland, will supply enough renewable energy to meet the needs of approximately 328,000 households per year.


For further information contact:
Michael Morris
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
T: +45 8844 8950

About MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. The company aims to create sustainable value through offshore wind power by driving capital and operating savings and increasing the power output of wind turbines. An innovative force in offshore wind since its inception in 2014, the company is guided by its founding principles of collaboration, trust, technology and commitment. For more information, see or follow @MHIVestas on Twitter.

ESVAGT is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea and a market leader within offshore wind solutions.

ESVAGT services offshore wind farms and has a fleet of dedicated Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which ESVAGT pioneered in 2010. SOVs offer flexible personnel and equipment transfer capabilities to wind turbine generators by either Walk-to-Work gangway systems or Safe Transfer Boats.

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.

ESVAGT was founded in 1981 and has a fleet of more than 40 vessels and approximately 900 employees on- and offshore.

About ‘ESVAGT Albert Betz’
• Albert Betz (1885-1968) was a German wind energy pioneer who, among other things, formulated theoretical formulas for the maximum utilization of wind energy from a wind turbine
• Service Operation Vessel (SOV) – a Havyard 831 design in the style of ‘ESVAGT Mercator’
• Contains fixed walk-to-work gangway system and equipped with increased capacity on thrusters and generators compared to ESVAGT Mercator
• Accommodates 42 wind turbine engineers and crew in 36 chambers
• 58 meters in length, with focus on optimal utilization of space
• Welfare of technicians is paramount – ship includes common facilities, exercise rooms, cinema and a large outdoor area for relaxation
• Fixed gangway is combined with a large, stepless passenger and freight elevator, which gives full access from the ship’s stores to the upper deck and on to the wind turbines
• Combined with an integrated crane solution, it contributes to the optimal flow of spare parts
• Built at the Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao, which has also built ‘ESVAGT Dana’ and ‘ESVAGT Aurora’