Danish offshore maritime leader Esvagt has struck a deal with wind turbine maker Vestas for a new service operation vessel (SOV).

Esvagt, will build the new SOV to service Vestas at Ecowende’s Hollandse Kust West offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

The newbuild will be the 6th purpose-built SOV for Vestas, whilst the new wind farm will be commissioned in 2026.

The partners have agreed a 15-year contract with extension options, which is aligned with Vestas’ service contract for EcoWende to ensure the optimal performance of the turbines.

The partners have been cooperating since 2010.

“Esvagt and Vestas share an extensive history since the earliest days of offshore wind, and Vestas has been one of our key partners in developing and refining our SOV concept,” Esvagt chief strategy and commercial officer Søren Karas said.

“This new contract not only underlines our shared ambition of continually pushing the envelope on efficient wind farm operations, but it also cements Esvagt’s position as the largest owner of build-to-contract SOVs”

Keld Kristensen, head of operation logistics offshore at Vestas, noted: “We are pleased to extend our cooperation with Esvagt who has demonstrated over many years that they can deliver high performance and adapt to market changes. There has always been a shared vision between us to continuously improve on safety, quality and the sustainable developments needed going forward.”