Service Operations Vessel


A new era in comfort and safety for the offshore wind industry

The safest access to wind turbines, combined with the highest standards of living at sea

Damen believes the Service Operations Vessel (SOV) is unique as a purpose-built vessel for the deployment and retention of offshore support and maintenance engineers. Its development has been driven by functional requirements, based on feedback from potential end-users. The Service Operations Vessel has on-site work and storage facilities plus accommodation for up to 45 maintenance personnel, management and a crew of 15. It will be able to stay out at sea for voyages of up to one month and feature dynamic positioning (DP2). Crucially, it will be equipped with a motion-compensated transfer gangway to allow maintenance personnel to walk between vessel and offshore structure.

Work Safe,
Live Safe

Keeping in mind the everyday tasks performed onboard, Damen has created a concept that will benefit both crew members and vessel operators.

Construction timeline

We would like to show you every aspect of the construction process, beginning with the signing of the contract at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. Here, you can also see what key players of the project have to say about the vessel and the offshore wind industry generally.

Contract signing

The first step is made! Mr Kommer Damen on behalf of the Damen Shipyards Group and Sir Michael Bibby on behalf of Bibby Marine Services, signed a contract for construction of the first Service Operations Vessel.

First steel cut at Damen Shipyards Galati

Following the recent contract signing for the first ever Damen Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with walk-to-work capability, the first steel was cut this week at Damen Shipyards Galati.

Damen Shipyards Galati

This is a significant moment for this vessel and for both Damen and Bibby Marine Services. The beginning of the physical construction process is a cause for celebration after years of planning and development.

Damen Sr. Project Manager on the SOV Project

The SOV is the result of extensive consultation within the offshore wind industry that has led to the design of a completely new concept from the hull up.

Construction timeline:

We would like to show you every aspect of the construction process, beginning with the signing of the contract at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.

Proven technology:

The full Dynamic Positioning capability of the Service Operations Vessel was successfully demonstrated at an early stage at the Netherlands-based marine research institute, MARIN. The Damen Service Operations Vessel concept required that the vessel be able to achieve safe and comfortable access up to 80% of the time, including worst case scenarios, in the Central North Sea.

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Damen philosophy of innovation

Damen’s research and development teams are continuously improving vessels – making them more effective, more cost-efficient and more environmentally friendly. Damen invests considerably in developing new products that give the group the edge and a leading position in the maritime world. Damen’s R&D teams are dedicated to specific projects, utilising the most up-to-date technologies to offer clients the best solutions. Damen believes innovation often arises from coperation – working together, sharing knowledge to stimulate development of the best possible products.

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Damen Shipyards Group as shipbuilder

Damen is an international shipyards group but, at heart, we are still a family company. Whatever we do – whether it’s in our building activities or our services – we always aim to match our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations. We operate in every market where we see an opportunity to improve, innovate or invest.

How do we build better boats? We listen carefully to our customers and we invest a great deal in innovation, research and development.

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Bibby Marine Services as contractor

A major stream of business for Bibby Marine Services is bringing a practical and flexible alternative to land based accommodation by providing floating accommodation vessels called Coastels to different projects around the world.

Customers benefit from individual professional management from their first enquiry, during the period of the charter, be it short or long term, right through to the off-hire meeting.

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