A new platform supplier built in Poland has already begun serving clients in the North Sea while a cable transporting pontoon has started supporting the German offshore wind market. Meanwhile, orders have been placed for a high-capacity FPSO to be deployed in Brazil and for a South Korean-built installation vessel that will be capable of lifting some of the largest wind turbines ever designed.
Borealis Maritime expands PSV fleet
UK-based Borealis Maritime recently took delivery of a new platform supply vessel (PSV) from Remontowa Shipbuilding of Poland.
The DNV-classed Cooper Viking will be operated under the technical management of Viking Supply Ships of Sweden. Its initial operational voyages will be in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
The ice-class vessel has a hybrid dual-fuel propulsion system that can operate on either LNG, diesel, or battery power as well as a DP2 system that can ensure effective station keeping even when wind speeds exceed 35 knots and wave heights reach four metres. FiFi2 and oil spill response systems have also been fitted on board.
NKT puts new cable barge into operation
Copenhagen-based cable installation specialist NKT has begun operational sailings of its newest windarm cable transport barge, NKT Agrippina.
The shallow-draught vessel’s initial deployment is in fulfillment of a cable transport contract for the Ostwind 2 wind farm offshore Germany.
The 100- by 22-metre NKT Agrippina is specially designed to transport offshore power cables on the Rhine from the NKT factory in Cologne to the offshore loading centre in Rotterdam.
Eneti orders turbine installation vessel from South Korean yard
Monaco’s Eneti has entered into a binding agreement with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the construction of one wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV).
The contract has an approximate value of US$330 million and also includes options for a second vessel. Delivery of the first WTIV to Eneti is scheduled for early in the third quarter of 2024.
The WTIV will utilise a GustoMSC design that will include a 2,600-tonne leg-encircling crane. It will be capable of installing 20MW turbines at depths of as much as 65 metres.
The propulsion system can be adapted to operate on either LNG or ammonia.
Petrobras awards FPSO newbuilding contract
Following an international competitive tender process, Keppel Offshore and Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard has secured a contract from Brazil’s Petrobras for the turnkey delivery of a new floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).
Scheduled for completion in late 2024, the FPSO will be customised for deployment in Brazil’s Buzios oil field.
The vessel will have production capacities of 180,000 barrels of oil per day and 7.2 million cubic metres of gas per day as well as a storage capacity of two million barrels of oil.
The contract is on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, with project execution spanning multiple locations globally. Keppel O&M will fabricate the topside modules weighing 43,000 tonnes at its shipyards in Singapore, China, and Brazil, as well as undertake the integration and commissioning works of the FPSO.
Keppel O&M’s partner, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), will provide the 85,000-tonne hull and the living quarters for 240 persons.
Upon completion, the FPSO will transit to the Buzios field, where Keppel O&M will carry out the final phase of offshore commissioning works.
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