Vessel Incidents Cause Issue in China; JUB to Patch Gap
recent vessel accidents apply pressure to the already tight construction
schedules in China, the fastest growing offshore wind market.
A major incident during monopile installation was reported at
The crane boom of installation vessel Yu
Hang Qi Zhong 58
collapsed during piling, due to suspected damage to a key component of
the lifting brake.
This is the second major vessel issue in China this summer; earlier
in June new
build jack up Zhen Jiang suffered engine flooding when leg extraction failed,
and was subsequently scrapped.
China is facing a period of rapid growth due to a 2021 completion deadline
for receiving attractive subsidy. This has led to significant pressure
especially on the installation supply chain, and loss of two key vessels
will prove costly to project developers.
Meanwhile, Jack Up Barge (JUB) announced yesterday that jack up JB-118
has been sold to Chinese owners to operate in the offshore wind industry.
Equipped with a 1000t crane, JB-118 will be able to assist with turbine
and light foundation installation campaigns and will go some way toward
easing construction pressure.