New Offshore Installation Vessel for GeoSea

Image: DEME

By Eric Haun

COSCO will build a new offshore installation vessel in China for
DEME subsidiary GeoSea, to be used for offshore wind farm
construction, oil and gas industry services and decommissioning
work. The vessel, Orion, is due to be delivered in 2019.

With a total installed capacity of 44,180kW Orion will be
equipped with a high-tech crane with lifting capacity of 3,000t
at more than 50m. The loads can be lifted to an unrivalled height
of more than 170m. Deck space has been maximized to provide
exceptionally high transport and load capacity. The vessel can
take the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and
structures in a single shipment, and can transport and install
the next generation of giant multi-megawatt wind turbines.

Orion has dual fuel engines and can run on natural liquefied
natural gas (LNG). It will have a Green Passport and Clean Design
notation. It will also be equipped with a waste heat recovery
system that converts heat from the exhaust gasses and cooling
water to electrical energy.

The 216.5m-long Orion, featuring DP3 capability, can accommodate
a crew of up to 131 people.

Luc Vandenbulcke, Managing Director GeoSea, said, "With Orion we
will be uniquely positioned to meet the future requirements of
our customers and the trend towards larger capacity turbines and
bigger wind farm projects, delivering energy at lower costs.
Orion will be capable of installing mega monopiles at greater
depths. With DP3 technology the offshore installation vessel can
continue operations under the most challenging conditions."

Mar 1, 2017

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