Vallianz Holdings Limited has contracted Rotterdam-based Ulstein Design & Solutions BV for the design of a new heavy transport vessel to operate in the offshore energy trades. The ship will be classed by Bureau Veritas.
The Singapore-based company intends to deploy the ship in the transport of wind structures including monopiles, jackets, and turbine blades, as well as in floatover operations for other offshore sectors.
The DP2 vessel, a customised Ulstein HX120 design with the shipbuilder’s distinctive X-BOW®, will be the first of its kind, powered by dual-fuel engines and batteries. The battery system will be supplied by Shift Clean Energy, based in Vancouver.
Edwin van Leeuwen, managing director of Ulstein Design & Solutions, commented: “Our strategy is to expand into vessels supporting offshore wind logistics where our ambition is to become the preferred designer for these types of vessels. We are grateful to Vallianz for placing their trust in us and we see this agreement as an important milestone in our strategy.”
Ulstein Group CEO, Cathrine Kristiseter Marti, noted that offshore wind has been a focus market for the company since 2010. “With our track record in SOVs, heavy lift vessels and rock installation vessels, we have built up a strong position as a ship designer supporting offshore wind installation and maintenance,” she said.
Vallianz picks Ulstein design for heavy transport vessel