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Hornbeck Offshore Announces Conversion Plans for New OSV

Hornbeck Offshore to convert one high-spec OSV to an SOV / flotel for the offshore wind and petroleum markets

Hornbeck Offshore Announces Conversion Plans for New OSV

Josh Guerrlich
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July 12, 2023

Hornbeck Offshore announced they will convert a newly acquired Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) into a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind market.

Hornbeck has contracted Eastern Shipbuilding Group to complete the transformation of the 280ft vessel to help meet the demand for offshore wind in the United States. 

Once converted, the SOV, soon to become HOSSOV 300E, will be capable of both construction and O&M operations. The vessel will also be able to help with the flotel market. 

The vessel will be able to hold at least 90 people in flotel or offshore wind service mode. Workers will have a safe walk-to-work transfer system in moderate sea states (up to 2.5m). In addition, the vessel will be fitted with an “Uptime” 30m motion-compensated offshore gangway, a 10-ton 3D compression crane, a helideck, and a diesel-electric powerplant with a 1,500 kW battery.

“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,” said Todd Hornbeck, President, and CEO of Hornbeck Offshore. “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.”

The vessel is U.S. flagged and Jones Act qualified. The ship is expected to be ready for operation in spring 2025.

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