Ørsted christens first Asia-Pacific SOV

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/05/2022 Ørsted

Ørsted held a ceremony at the Port of Taichung with Taiwanese vessel company Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd. to christen and name the first-ever purpose-built Service Operation Vessel (SOV)
TSS Pioneer in the Asia-Pacific region.

TSS Pioneer is the “home away from home” for Ørsted’s O&M team and vessel crew. It includes cabins for 60 single cabins for O&M technicians and 27 cabins for the vessel crew.

The SOV has a length of 85.48 metres, breadth of 19.5 metres, maximum scantling draught of 5.6 metres, and can withstand up to 2.5 metres in wave heights. Moreover,
TSS Pioneer weights 5,872 tonnes, equal to the approximate weight of 31 crew transfer vessels. It has a deadweight of 2,611.6 tonnes for storing supplies and equipment.

TSS Pioneer is equipped with a motion-compensated gangway to support technician transfer as well as a dynamic positioning system and a 3D motion-compensated crane to mitigate wind induced motions and strengthen work safety and efficiency.  

Christy Wang, General Manager of Ørsted in Taiwan, said: “Ørsted has again demonstrated our pioneering role in Taiwan’s offshore wind industry with the launch of TSS Pioneer, as we are the one and only to introduce the state-of-the-art technology to ensure professional and efficient operation for our offshore wind farms. Ørsted outlined a clear vision few years ago to bring in world-class capabilities and foster a strong local offshore wind industry. In the O&M scope, we took the initiative further through signing the 15-year contract with TSS. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the long-term, value-creating and knowledge gaining O&M business for TSS, as well as our strong partnership."

Andreas Munk-Janson, Head of Operations for Ørsted Asia-Pacific, commented: “The deployment of the bespoke SOV, TSS Pioneer, is at the core of our capabilities to perform reliable and efficient O&M services to the highest levels. Ørsted has recruited and trained an outstanding Taiwanese O&M team who will help fulfil local energy ambitions in the decades ahead. Ørsted will bring world-class O&M expertise and capabilities to Taiwan and Asia Pacific, delivering the highest performance, quality and reliability for wind farms, whilst providing a safe working environment.”

Hrong-Nain Lin, Chairman of Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd, said: “Ta San Shang Marine is very pleased to support Taiwan’s clean energy goals, and work with Ørsted to build the ‘TSS Pioneer’ for the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms. Moreover, we feel proud to pioneer the local vessel industry to embrace new opportunities for offshore wind farm operations.”

Ørsted is currently constructing the Greater
Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind arrays which are located between 35 and 60 kilometres off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan. They will consist of 111 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-67 DD offshore wind turbines, each with a capacity of 8 MW. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of approximately 900 MW, which is expected to be enough to supply around one million Taiwanese households with green power.

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