Van Oord orders next generation wind turbine installation vessel

Van Oord has ordered a new jack-up vessel that can operate on methanol and install up to 20 MW wind turbines at sea with a very low CO2 footprint. The vessel is expected to enter the market in 2024 and will work under the Dutch flag. Van Oord has also taken an option on a second vessel.

With the order for a new offshore installation vessel, Van Oord wants to further strengthen its market position in offshore wind and respond to the demand in offshore wind and growing offshore wind turbine sizes. The new vessel is able to install the next generation offshore wind turbines with 20 MW power.

The new 175-metre offshore installation vessel will be purpose-built for the transport and installation of foundations and turbines at offshore wind farms. The design is by Knud E Hansen. Huisman will supply a crane that can lift more than 3,000 tonnes. The vessel has an advanced jacking system. Four giant legs, each measuring 126 metres, allow the vessel to be jacked up and work in waters up to 70 metres deep.

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Van Oord orders new installation vessel that can install 20 MW offshore wind turbines
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The vessel is being built by the Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard in China. Components such as the Huisman crane and other technical systems are delivered to the yard by the various suppliers and integrated on site. The vessel is expected to enter the market in 2024 and will work under the Dutch flag. Van Oord has also taken an option on a second vessel.

The investment is part of a EUR 1 billion fleet investment programme over the next 5 years. In December 2020, Van Oord had already ordered a new green cable-laying vessel at VARD in Norway.

‘This investment prepares us for the increase in scale in the offshore wind industry and allows us to maintain our leadership position.’

Pieter van Oord, CEO Van Oord

‘Thanks to our experiences with the installation vessels Aeolus, MPI Resolution and MPI Adventure, we have a good grasp of working with jack-up installation vessels. Now we are going one step further – the new ship will be the largest of its kind. Compared to the Aeolus, this new version has 88% more deck space and over 80% more lifting capacity.’

Arnoud Kuis, Managing Director Offshore Wind of Van Oord

Reduction in NOx emission

The new installation vessel will be able to run on the future fuel methanol. Running on methanol, reduces the ship’s CO2 footprint by more than 78%. In addition, the vessel will be equipped with an advanced active emissions control technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce the NOx emission to an absolute minimum. An installed 5,000 kWh battery pack can take the peak loads and regenerate energy to reduce the fuel consumption (and corresponding emissions) even further.

‘To become carbon neutral by 2050, we look for new fuel technologies. We see methanol as one of the alternatives to meet the industry’s goals to reduce its environmental impact. Similar steps have already been made in our investment programme with the construction of three LNG-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredgers and the ordering of a new green cable-laying vessel.’

Jaap de Jong, Director Ship Management of Van Oord

Almost 20 years experience in offshore wind

Van Oord’ involvement in wind farm installation started in 2002. Since then, the company has contributed to the installation of a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 14.5 GW. That represents 40% of the total installed capacity of approximately 35 GW of offshore wind worldwide at the end of 2020.Van Oord has everything it takes to make wind energy more competitive as an energy source. As an EPC contractor (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), Van Oord sees to the entire process from design to construction and completion. It also provides T&I projects (transport and installation) and other services, such as scour protection and inter array cable and export cable installation.

In the Netherlands, Van Oord was involved in projects including the Princess Amalia Wind Farm, Eneco Luchterduinen Wind Farm, Gemini, Borssele III & IV. This will be followed in the next few years by Hollandse Kust Noord. The Dutch company also operates outside Europe, including as an EPCI contractor (engineering, procurement, construction and installation) for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm being built on the Dogger Bank in the middle of the North Sea. Source: Van Oord

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