Did you know? 7 facts about the Service Operations Vessel (SOV) Edda Mistral

From horse urine to a motion compensated gangway. Discover 7 fascinating facts about Ørsted’s Service Operations Vessel (SOV) the Edda Mistral.


SOV Edda Mistral

  1. The vessels are outfitted to a similar level as cruise liner (but without a bar)!

  2. A selective catalytic reduction system which uses urea (horse urine!) has helped to reduce the vessel’s NOx emissions, making it more environmentally friendly

  3. An innovative power management system reduces fuel consumption of the vessels, by around 20%

  4. Unlike its sister ship, the Mistral has a heli-pad – and it’s the first time a vessel equipped with a helipad will be used for regular maintenance of an Ørsted windfarm

  5. The vessel has WiFi from a 4G system set-up on the offshore substations, facilities for meetings, and everything you’d expect from a small office

  6. The meaning of “Mistral” is a strong cold north-westerly wind that blows through the Rhône valley and southern France towards the Mediterranean, mainly in winter

  7. The motion compensated gangway allows technicians to safely walk onto the wind turbines in much rougher seas than when using the traditional method of transferring from a boat. This is vital when operating at the distance from shore like Hornsea One where weather conditions can be more extreme