Norwegian firms Ocean Installer and Vard are entering into a partnership to develop one of the world’s most advanced turbine installation vessels for offshore wind.
International wind farm developers are due to develop many large offshore wind projects in Europe and Asia, as well as on the American east coast.
The wind turbine installation market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, and vessel capacity will be insufficient.
The new vessel will be able to install future giant wind turbines offshore. Vard has extensive experience in design and construction of complex offshore construction vessels and advanced special purpose ships.
The current project portfolio includes the REV Ocean research and expedition vessel as well as other highly specialised and autonomous zero-emission vessels.
Erik Haakonsholm, General Manager of Vard Group Offshore & Specialised Vessels, said: “We will jointly be developing one of the world’s most advanced vessels for installation of future offshore wind turbines, which are too large for the existing turbine installation fleet.
“By being able to install wind turbine components above 1,000 tonnes more than 150 metres above sea level, this ship is expected to be highly attractive for construction of big international wind farms in the coming years.”
Odd Strømsnes, CEO of Ocean Installer, said: “This all-Norwegian collaboration between subsea contractor Ocean Installer and the Vard shipyards builds on experience, quality standards and efficiency developed over years of work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.”