Ørsted and ESVAGT Ink Second Deal for Methanol Vessel

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Ørsted and ESVAGT have entered into an agreement to construct a sister vessel to the world's first methanol-powered Service Operation Vessel (SOV), which was initially announced in 2022.

This partnership further solidifies their commitment to reducing carbon emissions in the offshore wind supply chain. The newly developed SOV is scheduled for launch in 2026 and will be stationed at Ørsted's UK East Coast Hub under a ten-year contract.

The upcoming SOV will be equipped with dual-fuel engines capable of utilising renewable e-methanol produced from renewable energy and biogenic carbon.

This advancement is expected to result in an annual reduction of approximately 4,500 tonnes of carbon emissions. Ørsted has established itself as a frontrunner in the adoption of green maritime fuels, having made Europe's largest final investment decision on a renewable e-methanol facility called FlagshipONE in Sweden.

Ørsted aims to supply its own methanol for both SOVs, and the growing demand for green fuels is evident with other maritime companies also placing orders for methanol-powered vessels.

Compared to a coal-fired power station, an offshore wind farm already boasts a 99% reduction in emissions throughout its entire lifespan, encompassing production, construction, and installation.

Ørsted's goal is to achieve carbon neutrality in its energy generation and operations by 2025. The addition of the second green fuel SOV aligns with Ørsted's commitment to its science-based target of achieving net-zero emissions across the entire value chain by 2040.

Mark Porter, Head of Operations Europe at Ørsted, emphasises the company's continuous pursuit of green alternatives to fossil fuels and expresses satisfaction in welcoming the second methanol-powered vessel to their fleet alongside ESVAGT.

Søren Karas, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer at ESVAGT, shares his delight in expanding the collaboration with Ørsted and highlights ESVAGT's dedication to innovative solutions that deliver lower emission options. As a global leader in marine services for offshore wind, ESVAGT eagerly anticipates introducing the first methanol-powered SOVs to the market.

Ørsted has implemented a comprehensive approach to reduce emissions in offshore logistics, including efficiency initiatives such as route optimisation and fuel-saving sailing speeds.

Additionally, Ørsted has introduced light hybrid crew transfer vessels to enhance fuel efficiency. The company is also actively engaging with partners and suppliers to pursue low-carbon solutions across operations, construction, and manufacturing, taking significant steps towards net-zero wind farms.

ESVAGT, known for pioneering the SOV concept, continues to uphold an innovative and holistic approach to running energy-efficient and safe marine operations. From hull design and engine configuration to crew training, digitisation, and alternative fuels, ESVAGT explores various options to drive the green transition and sustainable operations.

Over the past two years, Ørsted has established a diverse portfolio of green fuel projects, including three focused on e-methanol production for maritime transport. FlagshipONE in Sweden, currently under construction, will produce 50,000 tonnes of e-methanol annually from 2025.

Other projects include 'Project Star' on the US Gulf Coast, which will supply 300,000 tonnes of e-methanol for A.P. Moller – Maersk's zero-emissions vessel fleet, and the 'Green Fuels for Denmark' initiative in Copenhagen, where Ørsted collaborates with major Danish players in heavy transport, including shipping.

Facts: The Floating Home of Offshore Wind

Servicing an offshore wind farm requires a highly specialised team of service technicians who often spend weeks offshore. During their stay, these technicians reside on a Service Operation Vessel (SOV), which accommodates an onboard workshop, necessary equipment, and spare parts for offshore wind farm maintenance.

The new state-of-the-art ESVAGT SOV incorporates cutting-edge technologies, and the crew receives extensive training and support from digital tools.

Designed for both comfort and high workability, the SOV provides an efficient workspace and facilitates the safe transfer of technicians to the wind farm using a motion-compensated gangway, transfer boats, and a crane for heavy part lifting.

Acting as a floating home, it also offers recreational amenities such as fitness facilities, a game room, a cinema, and individual accommodation for the onboard crew and technicians. The SOV is equipped with a helipad for swift access and transfers to and from the shore.

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