Keel laid for Green Jade

In: Windfarms

An official keel laying ceremony for
Green Jadewas held today at CSBC’s shipyard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, marking a major milestone in the construction of the offshore installation vessel. Green Jade is owned by CDWE, a joint venture between CSBC, the largest shipbuilder in Taiwan and DEME Offshore.

Green Jade is the first floating, DP3 heavy lift and installation vessel to be built in Taiwan. The vessel will feature a 4,000-tonne crane capacity and DP3 capability, which will enable CDWE to transport a next generation, multi-megawatt turbines, jackets and components in a single shipment. At 216.5 metres long, Green Jade can accommodate a crew of up to 160 people

With the vessel being built in Kaohsiung and operating under the Taiwanese flag, and eventually crewed by Taiwanese nationals, CDWE is putting every effort into maximising local content.

Set to enter service in 2022, the vessel will be deployed for both the
Hai Long and the Zhong Neng offshore wind farms.

Kurt Guo, Chairman CDWE, emphasises: “The birth of ‘Green Jade’ shouldered multiple missions. It revolutionised and brought Taiwan’s shipbuilding technology and marine engineering to a new era,  while facilitating the government’s localisation policy, allowing industrial technology and capability to take root in Taiwan. We are realising the blueprints step by step for the first main installation vessel to be built in Taiwan by Taiwan’s shipyard. In the near future, we will develop Taiwan’s offshore wind market further as the expertise and experience of CDWE’s local construction teams develops. This will enable us to take steady steps from Taiwan into the Asia Pacific region’s offshore wind industry in the long-term.”

Hugo Bouvy, Managing Director DEME Offshore, comments: “We are proud to have successfully reached the next stage of the construction process. ‘Green Jade’ highlights DEME’s full commitment to the flourishing Taiwanese offshore wind market. This is underscored by the fact that this represents the largest single overseas investment ever made by the DEME Group. This special vessel is set to revolutionise the offshore wind sector, given its extensive capabilities and loading capacity. Our decision to make such a substantial investment – taken at the height of the pandemic – is already proving to be the right one. Indeed, ‘Green Jade’ has a healthy orderbook for the first three years.”

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