Red Rock was contracted by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam to supply an offshore crane for Ørsted’s upcoming Service Operations Vessel (SOV), which will operate in wind farms in the greater Changhua area of Taiwan.
The crane is an offshore telescopic knuckle boom with a safe working load of 2 tons and a maximum radius of 12 m, which enables ship-to-ship operations over the stern of the ship for smaller service vehicles / boats.
The SOV will be the first of its kind in Asia to be developed for maintenance work for Ørsted in a 15-year charter at the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms in Taiwan. The SOV has the design VARD 4 19 and was developed by Vard Design in close cooperation with the customer and partners. The ship is being built at the VARD Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam and is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2022.
The 84.4 meter long ship is 19.5 meters wide and offers space for 87 people in single cabins. It will be equipped with a height-adjustable, motion-compensated gangway with an elevator system, a height-adjustable boat transfer system and a 3D-compensated crane for freight transfer.
In addition, the ship will have a design with environmentally friendly capabilities. It is primed to run without fossil fuels and has an optimized hull design and battery hybrid setup to lower fuel consumption and reduce the carbon footprint.
Ørsted is developing a number of offshore wind sites in the greater Changhua area of Taiwan. With a potential capacity of more than 2 GW, the sites are expected to serve 2.8 million households in Taiwan.
Changhua 1 & 2a
Offshore wind farms will be 35 to 60 km off the coast of Changhua County and have a capacity of around 900 MW, which is sufficient to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green electricity. The construction of the offshore wind farms will be completed between 2021 and 2022.
In June 2018, Ørsted received the right to build another 920 MW offshore wind farm in Taiwan across its metropolitan area
Changhua 2b &
Websites. These projects are expected to be built in 2025, subject to Ørsted’s final investment decision in 2023.
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