Kongsberg Maritime to deliver technology package for OIM Wind vessel

In: Windfarms
Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has signed a Letter of Intent with Chinese shipbuilder Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore to deliver a technology package for the BT-220IU Wind Turbine Installation Unit. BT-220IU is to be built for the Norway-based company OIM Wind, with an option for another vessel of identical design. The vessel will be suitable for transporting and installing multiple sets of "next- and future-generation" wind turbines, and their foundations.

KM will deliver an integrated solution for wind turbine installation vessel, which is expected to be delivered by the end of 2022,. It includes the company's motion control, propulsion and dynamic positioning functionalities which are designed to maintain operability in all conditions.

Monitoring and controlling of the components will be handled by a K-Chief 700 marine automation system. KM will also includes a Digital Solution with a new planning, advisory, monitoring and reporting tool which is expected support the safety and operation of the vessel.

Included in the delivery are Bergen LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) engines, together with an LNG Fuel Gas Supply System. Combined with KM’s new PM azimuth thrusters, the system will support performance for transit, manoeuvring and dynamic positioning.

The scope of supply also includes an array of appropriate deck machinery. The electrical system will make use of KM’s Energy Storage Solution, a green, load-smoothing initiative which is designed to optimise power production and enable the vessel to operate for limited periods on battery power alone. By allowing these stretches of zero-emission running, the solution will reduce the need for installed power and minimise maintenance costs, and can reduce energy consumption by up to 30%, according to KM.

OIM founder, President and Chief Executive Oddgeir Indrestrand, said: “OIM have been working closely with Kongsberg Maritime for many years, and we are very happy to include their advanced range of future-proof equipment and solutions into our units.”

“It’s a source of real pride for us to be such an integral part of the specification for this new wind turbine installation unit,”
said Brynjulv Standal, Vice President Sales-Offshore, Kongsberg Maritime. “The environmentally friendly principles which shape its design, construction and operation mirror our own ambitions to engender sustainability in offshore wind projects, and of course in all maritime sectors. Our technologies are a key element in achieving these green goals.”

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