On March 8, the first wind power operation and maintenance vessel (SOV) “TSS PIONEER” in Taiwan, built by Norwegian shipbuilding company VARD, was completed and delivered.
The vessel was ordered by Daisan Merchant Shipping, a joint venture between Taiwan’s Datong Shipping and Japan’s Mitsui Shipping, and was handed over to VARD’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. This is the first SOV registered in Taiwan, China, and the first customized SOV built in Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region. Upon delivery, the vessel will be leased to Orsted, the world’s leading offshore wind power company, for a 15-year lease.
The “TSS PIONEER” is 85.4 meters long, 19.5 meters wide, and has a draft of 5.6 meters. It can accommodate 87 people. In addition to the crew, the vessel can carry up to 60 technicians and only needs to call in port for replenishment once a month, compared to using a personnel carrier (CTV) that can only carry a maximum of 24 people at a time and needs to travel to and from the port on the same day. , the new SOV is more efficient.
The vessel is equipped with advanced technology, including a dynamically compensated gangway, which remains stable as the gangway is raised from the O&M vessel to the wind turbine service point, allowing technicians direct access to the wind turbine for service. At the same time, the ship also adopts an advanced dynamic positioning system and is equipped with a crane with 3D dynamic stabilization technology to ensure the safety of wind turbine parts hoisting operations.
In addition, in order to reduce the impact on mitigation, the SOV will be able to use technologies that do not use fossil fuel power sources in the future, while reducing ship fuel use and carbon emissions by optimizing hull design and configuring battery hybrid power systems.
“TSS PIONEER” is tailored according to the complex and dangerous sea conditions of the Taiwan Strait and adopts advanced technology to improve the operation and maintenance efficiency and personnel safety of offshore wind farms. The new ship will be combined with the new operation and maintenance center of Orsted Energy, based in Taichung Port, and will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Orsted Offshore Wind Farm, ensuring that the Orsted Offshore Wind Farm has world-class operation and maintenance quality and the best operating efficiency.