Ørsted announces the signing of a 15-year contract with Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd., a joint venture of Taiwan’s Ta Tong Marine Group (TTM) and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) to build the world’s first-ever Taiwan-flagged service operation vessel (SOV)
The newbuild vessel is scheduled for delivery in early 2022. After the delivery, the SOV will serve Greater Changhua offshore wind farms, which will be located 35 to 60 kilometers off the Changhua coastline. The base port of the SOV is in Port of Taichung, where Ørsted’s future O&M (Operation and Maintenance)facilities will be located
It signifies that Ørsted continues to invest significantly in the Taiwan market.
Christy Wang, Taiwan General Manager, Ørsted Asia Pacific, says: “Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms around the world and is pioneering and driving offshore wind development in Taiwan. Not only are we building the O&M base in the Port of Taichung, we’re also setting an unprecedented industry practice in Taiwan and the region by deploying the bespoke service operation vessel for the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms. More importantly, this SOV contract has given the Taiwanese vessel supplier a unique opportunity to tap into state-of-the-art technology in the offshore wind industry.”
Lin Hrong-nain, Chairman of Ta Tong Marine Group, says: “As the major and long-standing shipping and marine company since 1965 and based on our long-term collaboration with MOL in Taiwan’s shipping industry, we are excited to participate in this new opportunity in offshore wind and appreciate Ørsted’s contribution to invigorating Taiwan’s marine industry.”
Yasuchika Noma, General Manager of Offshore Project Division at Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, says: “We are excited to work with Ta Tong Marine Group and Ørsted to build the very first SOV for future operation and maintenance of Ørsted’s Greater Changhua wind farms. This marks an important step in expanding our presence in Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.”
The new state-of-the-art SOV aims to ultimate efficient daily O&M performance offshore and reliable prioritize the utmost safety for engineers. This will not only save time for technicians when traveling with and climbing onto the wind turbines from the crew transfer vessels (CTV), but it will also significantly improve their safety.
The SOV is the first to be built to fit the complicated and harsh environment in the Taiwan Strait. It will house up to 60 technicians plus the crew and will only need to return to shore once a month. The smaller CTVs, also used to facilitate O&M activities, can only carry a maximum of 24 people and have to return to shore on a daily basis.
In addition, the vessel will have a design of environmentally improved capabilities. It will be prepared free of fossil-fuel operation and have an optimized hull design and a battery-hybrid setup to help reduce fuel consumption and decrease carbon footprint.
Source Ørsted News