Joint venture partners CSBC and DEME Offshore have initiated the early works contract for the first heavy- lift wind installation vessel to be built in Taiwan for operation in the country’s rapidly developing offshore wind sector.
The joint venture, CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering, was established in February 2019 and is the country’s first offshore engineering procurement construction installation (EPCI) company. It has already won several major contracts including one for the transport and installation of foundations and wind turbines for the Zhong Neng offshore wind farm. Upon delivery from CSBC in 2022, the Green Jade will work on this project.
The 216.5m-long DP3 vessel will have a 4,000-tonne crane and a large deck enabling the transport of a range of heavy components including monopiles, jackets, wind turbine parts and other structures in a single shipment, thereby maximising efficiency.
Green Jade, with capacity to accommodate 160 persons, will have dual-fuel engines, a Green Passport and Clean Design notation. A waste heat recovery system to generate electricity will be supplemented by various other fuel-saving measures, the companies said.