OUR HISTORY


ESVAGT A/S was founded in 1981 with the objective to provide safety and support at sea. ESVAGT has developed rapidly over the last decades, with continuous improvements in products and services.

 

Today, ESVAGT is still a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea, founded on an experienced and well-trained offshore crew and unmatched rescue capabilities.

HIGHLIGHTS IN ESVAGT

1981

Founded and office established at Kølen 1, Esbjerg, Denmark.

1985

The ESVAGT BRAVO rescues 8 men from the coaster PAULINE S.

1989

Oil spill contingency for DONG.

1990

The ESVAGT OMEGA and the ESVAGT PROTECTOR rescue 46 men from the rig ‘West Gamma’.

1990
1991

A/S Em.Z. Svitzer acquires 50 percent of the shares in ESVAGT.

1992

In-house production of ESVAGT’s Fast Rescue Boats (FRB).

1994
1994

The ESVAGT FRB is approved for 15 persons for use in the UK sector.

1995

ESVAGT honoured by Maersk Oil for one year without accidents.

1997

First ESVAGT contracts in Dutch and Norwegian sectors.

1998

A/S Em.Z. Svitzer acquires an additional 25 percent of the shares in ESVAGT. (75%).

2002

ESVAGT is awarded two five year contracts for ConocoPhillips in the Norwegian sector.

2002

First activity in the offshore wind industry. Personnel transfer in the Horns Rev 1-park.

2002
2003
2003

The ESVAGT ALPHA rescues 12 men from the coaster SILVA.

2004

The ESVAGT OBSERVER operates at the sunken tanker PRESTIGE in Spanish waters.

2004

The ESVAGT CORONA is delivered - the first C-class vessel.

2005

The ESVAGT OMEGA rescues 15 men from the cargo ship SCHIEBORG.

2005
2005

ESVAGT-MAERSK UK Ltd. established.

2006

The ESVAGT PRESERVER becomes the first ESVAGT vessel with 15 years without accidents.

2007

The ESVAGT CARPATHIA arrives from Singapore - the first of 12 vessels commissioned at ASL Shipyard by ESVAGT.

2008

A record four vessels added to the fleet.

2008
2008

More than half of ESVAGT's activities are now concentrated outside the Danish Sector.

2010

Søren Nørgaard Thomsen becomes Managing Director; ESVAGT's third since 1981.

2010

FRB 15C is modified, and ESVAGT invents a new transfer method for accessing WTG's in offshore wind farms.

2010

The first long term offshore wind contract is secured. 

2010
2010

First arctic operation. ESVAGT vessels are operating from the arctic to Egypt.

2011

The ESVAGT PRESERVER becomes the first ESVAGT vessel with 20 years without accidents.

2011
2011

The ESVAGT BERGEN arrives, the first multirole vessel in the fleet.

2012

Change of ownership: Maersk Supply acquires A/S Em.Z. Svitzers' 75 percent share of ESVAGT.

2012
2012

Three multirole vessels arrive; the ESVAGT STAVANGER, ESVAGT SERVER and ESVAGT AURORA. The latter is the first ESVAGT vessel build specifically for operations in the arctic areas.

2013

ESVAGT honoured as Esbjerg’s Company of the Year.

2013

Two new C-type vessels from ASL: ESVAGT CELESTE and ESVAGT CELINA.

2014

ESVAGT moved into its new premises at Dokvej 4 in Esbjerg on 18 August 2014

2014
2014
2014

Two new C-type vessels from ASL: ESVAGT CLAUDINE and ESVAGT CORNELIA

2015

Fleet expanded with two purpose-built SOVs for offshore wind: ESVAGT FROUDE and ESVAGT FARADAY and two C-type vessels: ESVAGT CHASTINE and ESVAGT CANTANA

2014
2015

Change of ownership: 3i Infrastructure and AMP Capital aquires ESVAGT from the Maersk Group and ESE Holding. 

2016

Third SOV newbuilding ESVAGT NJORD joined the fleet.

2016