Van Oord celebrates keel laying ceremony for new installation vessel Boreas

On Tueasday, Van Oord celebrated the keel laying ceremony for its new offshore installation vessel Boreas at the Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore (YCRO) yard in Yantai, China. The vessel is due to enter the market in 2024.

The keel laying ceremony, where a silver coin is put on the keel, marks the start of the final phase of construction. It is also the moment a vessel is classified. Boreas is a key strategic investment for Van Oord. Van Oord ordered the jack-up in September 2021. The Boreas measures 175 metres. A crane, supplied by the Dutch company Huisman, will allow for lifts of over 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. It will be able to transport and install up to 20 MW wind turbines. It can operate on methanol, significantly lowering its carbon footprint.

Ready in 2024

It is the second keel laying ceremony for Van Oord in a short period. Earlier, the marine contractor celebrated the laying of the keel of a new water injection dredger (WID). The new WID will have the same specifications as the sister vessels Maas and Mersey. Van Oord expects to have both new vessels operational in 2024. Source/Image: Van Oord

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