Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has signed a technology contract with Chinese shipbuilder COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore for an F-class installation vessel. The vessel will be delivered to the Danish service provider Cadeler in 2025. The contract is worth about EUR 28 million.
The agreement will see KM supply a comprehensive technology package for the F-class jack-up vessel which will be able to transport up to six XL monopiles (weighing 2,300-2,600 tonnes each) per round-trip, substantially improving efficiency over current vessels, KM said in a statement.
The F-class vessel allows a simple refit process to convert its role from a foundation installation vessel to a wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV).
KM’s scope of delivery includes the company’s optimised thruster package, electrical systems and dynamic positioning functionalities to maintain operability in all conditions, and various digital tools to improve sustainability and reliability.
“Our vessels are designed to meet both the current and future needs of the offshore industry,” said Mikkel Gleerup, CEO at Cadeler. “So as the world needs more efficient offshore wind farms to help meet sustainability goals this requires larger turbines and larger, more efficient vessels to install them.”
Technology package for offshore installation vessel