MOL and Ta Tong Marine celebrate Taiwan SOV launch

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Ta Tong Marine Co., Ltd. (TTM) have celebrated the launch of a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV), which is under construction at VARD Group's shipyard in Vietnam.

The SOV, informally named TSS Pioneer, is among the first of its kind in Asia, developed to serve maintenance support operations for Ørsted under a 15 years charter for the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms in Taiwan. The SOV is of VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in close cooperation with the customer and partners. The vessel is being built at VARD’s shipyard Vung Tau in Vietnam, and is scheduled for delivery in first half of 2022.

The 84.4-metre vessel has a beam of 19.5 metres and will accommodate 87 persons in single cabins. It is equipped with a height adjustable motion compensated gangway with elevator system, a height adjustable boat transfer system and a 3D-compensated crane for cargo transfer.

The Greater
Changhua 1 and 2a projects are located between 35 and 60 kilometres off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan and are being developed by Ørsted on behalf of project partners. 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 1 million Taiwanese households with green power.

Wind turbine installation is expected to kick off next year, with the project expected to come online later in 2022. Works this year concern array and export cable installation as well as foundation installation across both sites.