The USA based Offshore service specialist company Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (Hornbeck Offshore) has announced that it has contracted Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. In order to convert one of its recently acquired 280-foot offshore supply vessels (OSV) to a service operation vessel (SOV).

Hornbeck Offshore states that this conversion order has been made in order to meet the growing demand of the U.S. offshore wind market as the company mentions, as well as to serve the demands of the petro-energy flotel market. The U.S. Flagged, Jones Act compliant vessel is expected to be available in Spring 2025 after her conversion the company says in their statement.

The company informs that the HOSSOVTM 300E has been designed in collaboration with VARD, the original designer of the vessel, and will have capacity to accommodate up to 90 or more persons in flotel or offshore wind service mode, with safe, stepless walk-to-work transfer capabilities in up to 2.5m sea states.

The SOV will be equipped with an Uptime 30m motion-compensated offshore gangway, a 10-ton 3D-compensated crane, helideck, enclosed warehouse and stepless boat landing. Its existing state-of-the-art diesel-electric powerplant will be enhanced by a 1,500 kW-hour battery hybrid power system, enabling reduced emission during offshore operations and in harbor transit.

The SOV accommodations will be constructed to ABS Comfort Class habitability notation standards, and will include a host of onboard amenities typical of a newbuild SOV.

“We are excited to expand our deep experience in walk-to-work and offshore accommodation services with a fully capable SOV for the benefit of the offshore wind community and our offshore petroleum clients. The SOV is a welcomed addition to our high-spec fleet of vessels, as we continue to grow in both our core oilfield and diversified non-oilfield businesses,” comments Todd Hornbeck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.