Windthrust unveils floating offshore wind port concept

In: PortsWindfarms
19/11/2020
Windthrust Limited, the Wind Energy Division (and a wholly owned subsidiary) of National Ports Corporation Ltd., has developed a technology for offshore wind installation. The Oceandock LX is a 60,000m² self-propelled floating port and installation vessel for substations, monopile foundations and wind turbine generators.

The concept features a 60,000 square metre clear deck area, 700,000 cubic metres of underdeck area and over 600 metres of docking space for the berthing of multiple feeder ships delivering wind turbine components. The floating port solution is designed to provide a stable and secure storage for over 500,000 tonnes of substations, monopile foundations and wind turbine generator components. Furthermore, it can accommodate over 100 personnel and is not required to return to port for reloading.

It is designed with three cranes which will cover every square metre of the 60,000 square metre deck and can operate independently and simultaneously with different tasks. With a 6,000-tonne crane, the concept can position a 6,000-tonne substation topside in one single lift.

The Oceandock solution is designed offer a cost-effective alternative to current systems such as jack-up vessels which are inadequate and far too small.

The Oceandock simultaneously unloads wind turbine components from feeder ships, assembles and installs complete wind turbine generators, substations and monopile foundations. Unlike conventional jack-ups, the Oceandock is not required to return to the port for reloading.

The assembly of the wind turbine generators take place at near deck level; making it possible for the complete wind turbine generator units to be placed in position in one single lift.


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