Red Rock to deliver crane for Ørsted's Taiwanese SOV

In: Vessels
05/08/2020

Red Rock been commissioned by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam to deliver an offshore crane for the Ørsted's upcoming Service Operations Vessel (SOV) planned to operate on Greater Changhua wind farms in Taiwan.

The crane is of an offshore telescopic knuckle boom type with a safe working load of 2 tonnes with a maximum 12m radius providing ship to ship operations over the stern of the vessel to smaller service crafts/boats.

The SOV will be the first of its kind in Asia, developed to serve maintenance support operations for Ørsted in a 15 years charter in 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 will be built at VARD’s shipyard Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, 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 will be 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.

In addition, the vessel will have a design of environmentally improved capabilities. It will be prepared for fossil fuel-free operation and have an optimised hull design and a battery-hybrid setup to help reduce fuel consumption and decrease carbon footprint.

Ørsted is developing a number of offshore wind sites within the Greater Changhua site off Taiwan. With a potential capacity exceeding 2 GW, the sites are expected to be capable of powering 2.8 million homes in Taiwan.

The Greater
Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms will be located 35-60 km off the coast of Changhua County and have a capacity of approximately 900 MW, enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power. The construction of the offshore wind farms will be finalised between 2021 and 2022.

In June 2018, Ørsted was awarded the right to build another 920 MW offshore wind farm in Taiwan, through its Greater
Changhua 2b & 4 sites. These projects are to be built in 2025, subject to Ørsted taking final investment decision in 2023.

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