Dong Fang Offshore acquires the Polar Onyx and targets cable market

Dong Fang Offshore Co., Ltd. (DFO), a subsidiary of Hung Hua Construction Co., Ltd. has announced the purchase of the construction and flex lay vessel Polar Onyx. It has also commenced the process of conversion into a cable laying vessel.

The vessel is among the first flexible lay vessels owned by a Taiwanese owner, and will be one of the first vessels of its kind to fly the Taiwanese flag once reflagging is completed in the first half of 2022.

The vessel is currently in Europe, will arrive in Taiwan in the first half of 2022, and is already booked by her first project supporting cable installation and burial works for an offshore wind contractor. She will be converted in Taiwan, with an estimated completion at the end of 2023.

The Norwegian-built vessel is 130 metres long, 25 meters wide and is fitted with a DP3 positioning system and a 250 MT heave compensated crane.  She is fitted with diesel-electric propulsion, accommodation for 130 persons, over 1,700 m2 of deck space and two fully integrated work class ROVs.

Ben Darrington, COO of Dong Fang Offshore, said: “we are excited to be the first Taiwanese ship owner to lead the charge on investment in assets suitable for the rapidly expanding cable lay market worldwide.  The vessel joins our growing fleet of high specification, fit-for purpose assets, and allows us to proudly say we can deliver a turnkey cable lay spread to developers constructing offshore wind farms in Taiwan“.

Polin Chen, CEO of Dong Fang Offshore, commented: “we look forward to constructive dialogue with developers and contractors to deliver localised solutions, high-value green jobs for Taiwanese and ultimately accelerate Taiwan’s transition to green energy”.

Dong Fang Offshore was founded in 2019 as a subsidiary of Hung Hua Construction Co., Ltd. It is one of the largest owners and operators of dedicated wind farm support vessels in Asia Pacific.