Offshore installation vessel from DEME

06 Mar 2017

Artist impression of the Orion

Artist impression of the Orion

DEME has ordered a next generation offshore installation vessel which will be built at COSCO in China.

Orion will be deployed by DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea for the
construction of offshore wind farms to service the oil and gas industry as well
as for the decommissioning of offshore installations.

It has dual fuel engines and can run on LNG, it will have a
Green Passport and Clean Design notation.

Luc Vandebulckle, managing director at GeoSea, concluded:
“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.”

He added: “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.”

With a total
installed capacity of 44,180 kW ‘Orion’ will be equipped with a high-tech crane
with lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes at more than 50 metres.

The loads
can be lifted to an unrivalled height of more than 170 m. Deck space has been
maximised to provide exceptionally high transport and load capacity.

Orion can
take the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and structures in
a single shipment. It will be able to transport and install the next generation
of giant multi-megawatt wind turbines.

The vessel
can accommodate a crew of up to 131 people and is expected to be delivered
in 2019.

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