Damen SOV 8417 Walk to Work Vessel

The SOV 8417 is the larger sister of the SOV 7017 and is especially suited for missions which require 60 – 90 persons on board. In addition it has more space for goods on deck and in the warehouse. If required by local authorities, the vessel can be delivered as a SOLAS passenger vessel in lieu of SPS 90.
Damen SOV 8417 Walk to Work Vessel
damen service operations vessel 8417 Damen SOV 8417 Walk to Work Vessel 84 275.5 12 13.8 980 2160508 90 90 330 3552.1
The primary solution is a motion compensated access gangway system mounted on the port side Damen SOV 9020 Walk to Work Vessel 89.65 294.13 13 14.96 2300 5070632 60 60 425 4574.66
FIT-FOR-PURPOSE ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES Offshore Accommodation Barge 7120 71 232.94 10 11.5 1500 3306900 115 115 500 5382
Damen SOV 7017 Walk to Work Vessel Damen SOV 7017 Walk to Work Vessel 70 229.6 12 13.8 800 1763680 60 60 280 3013.9
Damen ASV 5717 Walk to Work Vessel Damen SOV 5717 Walk to Work Vessel 57 186.96 12 13.8 800 1763680 60 60 250 2691
Compare with other Walk to Work Vessel


  1. Platform Design

    The clever thruster lay out with 4 identical azimuthing thrusters results in unrivalled maneuverability and station keeping. In addition this lay-out significantly reduces fuel consumption, noise levels, and investment compared to traditional thruster lay-out. Maintenance and stock keeping is made easier since all units are identical, including the electric drive train.

  2. Carbon neutral options

    Power generation is by means of IMO Tier-III / EPA Tier-IV diesel generators which are supported by a battery pack. The diesel-electric system is designed to operate safely with closed bus-ties. This makes it safely possible to have less engines running, resulting in reduction of fuel oil consumption and harmful emissions with up to 20% and less maintenance.
    In addition to the already highly efficient performance, the carbon footprint can further be reduced by using bio-diesel. As an option the vessel may even be delivered to run on bio-methanol. All this brings carbon-neutral operations to reality.

  3. Comfort

    Damen SOV’s are designed as the perfect tools for their task, but for that you need a well-rested and focused crew. In our design we want the crew to instantly feel at home without having to spend too much time on trying to find their way. Especially when it is your first time onboard. We have focused on creating a separated design between the work and leisure areas. The leisure areas and cabins are designed with warm and soft materials, playful elements and nice colors to unwind comfortably after a hard day of work.

Panorama_ASV Interior upgrade - Forrest - Vinyl - mess and dayroom



damen walk to work vessel

The SOV can be fitted with numerous options, such as:

•Various types of motion compensated gangway
•Various types of (motion compensated) offshore cranes
•Various types of daughter craft
•Helicopter landing area in lieu of “Winch Only” zone
•Customizable interior themes


Damen customer finance

One-stop shopping for shipping finance solutions

At Damen we aim to do much more than simply deliver you a ship. As a maritime solutions provider we seek to work, together with you as a long-term, reliable partner throughout the lifecycle of your asset(s). We look to provide you with integrated, high-quality solutions that unburden you and drive your business forward.

Need finance options?


Damen Ship Delivery Services makes sure our customers receive their vessels safely, clean and ready for operation. We offer total care of all logistical services through our worldwide service support network. Our Ship Delivery Services include own keel transport, heavy lift, towage and semi-submersible transport.

As an international shipbuilder Damen has extensive knowledge of each vessel and of transport contracts and conditions, and we have many years’ experience of shipping to distant and remote destinations. In short, our customers benefit from our reliable and competitive shipping solutions.


Damen Parts Services offers competitive prices, efficient and cost-effective delivery and short response times. With our years of experience we have established strong buying power and an extensive supplier network. By expanding our network of global service hubs, we are able to shorten our response times. Our service goes beyond fast part delivery; we also offer different replenishment solutions resulting in having parts in stock just before you need them.

To minimise lifecycle costs and to improve a vessel’s performance, it’s crucial to have the right spare parts. Our Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) allows stock control replenishment to be completely automated.



Online parts store

To support our customers on a 24/7 basis, Damen has created an online parts store on our Services Portal www.damenservices.com. Here you can order directly from our online catalogue of spare parts. Our scope of supply is neither limited to Damen-vessels only, nor to the catalogue. If your required parts are not available online, we invite you to make online requests. Your services manager will gladly do what it takes to source the relevant component. With Damen as your partner you can experience the benefits of a one-stop-shop.


Damen is unique in offering attractive buy-back guarantees for standard vessels from our product range to customers or the financing bank

Damen is unique in offering attractive buy-back guarantees for standard vessels from our product range to customers or the financing bank. We know Damen quality means that our vessels have a good value according to market conditions.

By means of its Damen Trading & Chartering desk, Damen is happy to help customers to trade their vessel in when they buy a new vessel, no matter where a vessel has been built.

For over 30 years, the Damen Trading team has built up extensive market knowledge through which they are able to offer their brokerage services, assisting clients to sell their redundant fleet, help them acquire a second-hand vessel or assist with securing a charter.

For more information visit Damen Trading website.


Proving the designs performance

damen walk to work vessel

Innovations in the design and design process of this vessel are:
• Seakeeping analysis of systematic variations of hull design and dimensions, verified by tank tests, resulting in high natural roll period and low roll motions in North Sea conditions. More access, more comfort.;
• Balanced, and low lateral wind profile, as well as shallow draught contribute to reduced power demand while station-keeping in beam-on conditions;
• Focus on high-speed transits between turbines while remaining in DP, as has been demonstrated by model tests in challenging environmental conditions;
• The actual controllers of DP and motion-compensated gangway systems, and the vessel’s seakeeping characteristics are being tested in simulated environmental conditions in unison in a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test. This will ensure smooth setting-to-work and operational performance from day 1;
• Development of a vessel simulator based on the HIL-test setup, will produce a “digital twin” to the vessel and access system. Prior to charter award, this enables the owner to offer to clients an assessment of operational access performance in client-specified environmental and site conditions much more accurately than is possible with just vessel RAO’s;

These innovations are now being realised in a vessel concept which, because of it’s bench-marking high operability, lead to more, and safer access to the wind energy sector, thereby contributing to lower cost of energy.


All Damen vessels benefit from knowledge gathered during ongoing research programmes within the Group. Damen works alongside world-renowned research institutes such as Delft University of Technology, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) and the Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research (TNO), as well as other reputable universities and leading maritime companies.



View all Damen news

Related Products

Length (metres) Length (feet) 57 186.96

Speed max (knots) Speed max (mph) 12 13.8

Deadweight (tonnes) Deadweight (pounds) 800 1763680

Accommodation (crew+special personnel) Accommodation (crew+special personnel) 60 60

Deck space (m2) Deck space (feet2) 250 2691

Service Operations Vessel

Length (metres) Length (feet) 70 229.6

Speed max (knots) Speed max (mph) 12 13.8

Deadweight (tonnes) Deadweight (pounds) 800 1763680

Accommodation (crew+special personnel) Accommodation (crew+special personnel) 60 60

Deck space (m2) Deck space (feet2) 280 3013.9

Service Operations Vessel

Length (metres) Length (feet) 89.65 294.13

Speed max (knots) Speed max (mph) 13 14.96

Deadweight (tonnes) Deadweight (pounds) 2300 5070632

Accommodation (crew+special personnel) Accommodation (crew+special personnel) 60 60

Deck space (m2) Deck space (feet2) 425 4574.66

Service Operations Vessel


Whether it's a simple question or you need assistance with your Damen product, we believe great things can start with a small conversation.

I'm interested in...