First Taiwan-Flagged CSOV completes W2W trials with Dutch gangway

Taiwanese Dong Fang Offshore Co., Ltd. (DFO) announced last Friday the successful completion of Walk to Work trials with the Construction & Service Operation Vessel (CSOV) Orient Constructor at the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms. The Orient Constructor is the first Taiwan-flagged construction vessel. Dutch Safeway provided the gangway for the vessel.

The trials, conducted in early January 2022, displayed the ability of the Orient Constructor to conduct transfers during the harsh weather winter period at both the offshore substation and offshore foundations at Ørsted‘s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a wind farms. Wave buoy data during the trials showed significant wave heights of up to 4 meters at the site.

Orient Constructor is Taiwan’s first subsea construction and walk to work vessel owned and operated by a local Taiwanese contractor. The vessel, built in 2014, was successfully converted into the CSOV role in Taiwan in late 2021 through the installation of a 3D motion compensated walk to work gangway, provided by Dutch Safeway, a company within the Van Aalst Group of Companies. The gangway is of the type Safeway Seagull.

Dong Fang Offshore was founded in 2019 as a subsidiary of Hung Hua Construction Co., Ltd., Taiwan’s leading marine construction contractor. Dong Fang Offshore is the largest owner and operator of dedicated wind farm support vessels in Asia Pacific. Source: Dong Fang Offshore

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