Havyard Group has confirmed it signed a contract for the fifth Service Operation Vessel (SOV) ordered by Esvagt, which will be chartered by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for a period of fifteen years to serve the 252MW Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm in Germany.The contract, worth more than NOK 70 million (approx. EUR 7.6 million), involves the design and equipment for construction at an external shipyard in Europe. The SOV will be built by the Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao, Spain.Work on both design and equipment package will start immediately and the vessel is due to be delivered in August 2019.This is going to be the seventh Havyard vessel heading to Esvagt. The other six include four wind farm vessels, one oil service vessel and one vessel for crew change.Design Manager Arve Helsem Leine said the starting point for the development of Havyard 831 SOV was to design a compact, efficient and profitable vessel for smaller windfarms.“As we now sign a second contract for this design, it confirms that we have succeeded in creating a design that meets expectations.”The DeBu SOV will be equipped with a walk-to-work gangway system in a bespoke tower with a crane placed on top of the tower, which, together with Esvagt’s Safe Transfer Boats STB 7 and STB 12, will contribute to the safe transfer of turbine technicians, tools and spare parts.MHI Vestas Offshore Wind received a firm and unconditional order for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm last Friday. The company will supply 31 units of the V164-8.0 MW wind turbine, as well as a long term full-scope service package.