Construction progressing for 'next gen' vessel

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 31/10/2018 4C Offshore
DEME Group's  'next generation' offshore wind installation vessel Orion has been equipped with a 2,000 tonne deckhouse. The vessel is currently under construction at COSCO Shipyard in China.

DEME Group subsidiary GeoSea will deploy the vessel for the construction of large offshore wind turbines. The vessel will be fitted with a crane with a lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes.

Orion will be suitable to transport the monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and other structures associated with the construction of giant multi-megawatt wind turbines. At 216.5m long, it will be equipped with DP3 (Dynamic Positioning) capability and can accommodate a total of 131 people.

The vessel will join DEME's fleet of over 100 vessels including jack-ups, crane vessels, dredgers and crew transfer vessels. One of the company's vessels,
Innovation, is currently on the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm installing monopile foundations.

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