Van Oord cuts steel for new jack-up

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/07/2022 Van Oord

Van Oord announced that the steel cutting ceremony its the new jack-up vessel Boreas was performed at the Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard in China.

The new 175-metre offshore installation vessel will be purpose-built for the transport and installation of foundations and turbines at offshore wind farms. Van Oord claims that the vessel is designed to be able to install up to 25 MW wind turbines. It is to be equipped with a crane supplied by the Dutch company Huisman which is designed to lift more than 3,000 tonnes. The vessel has a jacking system with four giant legs, each measuring 126 metres, which will allow the vessel to be jacked up and work in waters up to 70 metres deep.

According to Van Oord, running on methanol reduces the ship's CO2 footprint by more than 78%. In addition, the vessel will be equipped with an advanced active emissions control technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce the NOx emission. An installed 5,000 kWh battery pack can take the peak loads and regenerate energy to reduce the fuel consumption (and corresponding emissions) even further.

The vessel is being built by the Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard in China. The design is by Knud E Hansen. Components such as the Huisman crane and other technical systems are delivered to the yard by the various suppliers and integrated on site.

The ship is expected to enter the market in 2024.