Van Oord orders installation vessel for 20-MW turbines

Offshore installation vessel. Image by Van Oord

October 1 (Renewables Now) - Dutch marine contractor Van Oord on Friday said it has ordered a new jack-up vessel capable of installing next-generation wind turbines of up to 20 MW that is expected to enter the market in 2024.

The new 175-metre (574.1 ft) ship for the transportation and installation of offshore wind foundations and turbines is being built by the Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard in China. It will feature a crane supplied by the Dutch company Huisman and will be able to work in water depths of up to 70 m.

The company has taken an option on a second vessel.

Van Oord said the investment, part of a EUR-1-billion (USD 1.2bn) fleet investment programme over the next five years, is designed to strengthen its market position in offshore wind and is consistent with the increasing global demand for this energy generation technology.

The new vessel will be able to run on methanol, supporting Van Oord’s objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

The company’s current installation vessels include Aeolus, MPI Resolution and MPI Adventure. It says that since 2002 it has contributed to the installation of 14.5 GW of offshore wind capacity.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.158)

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