The Norwegian marine tech supply company has won a $13m-worth contract to deliver a technology suite and an electro package for a semi-submersible offshore windfarm foundation installation vessel.
The delivery will include dynamic positioning, navigation, thruster control, and automation systems, all with inbuilt measures to improve functionality and safety, as well as battery hybrid power and energy management systems.
The 216.3 m-long, 48k dwt ship, to be equipped with a 3.0kt of lifting capacity crane and feature a 10k m2-big open deck, will be capable of transporting and installing up to 10x1,500t jacket foundations or 11x2,000t monopiles, plus transition pieces.
The ship, a customised Ulstein Design & Solutions blueprint, is currently under construction by China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) and is scheduled to enter service in 2021. Once online, it will mark the entry of the Norway-based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) into the offshore renewables and installation market. OHT's order with CMHI includes an option for three more vessels.
"The heavy lift market has always presented a series of very specific challenges, but combining heavy lift crane capacity to a semi-submersible vessel genuinely represents a bold step into the offshore working environment of tomorrow. In working with Ulstein to design an innovative transport and installation vessel everyone has had to pull out all the stops, including defining the most efficient marine technology and Kongsberg Maritime has demonstrated that they are in the fore-front of delivering a state-of-the-art, integrated solution to meet our needs," Torgeir E. Ramstad, CEO, OHT, commented.Bård Bjørløw, EVP Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime, added, "The fact that CMHI selected our solution to enable OHT's expansion into the offshore renewables and installation market is a valued endorsement of our approach to the integration of operational and digital technology. We are looking forward to seeing this sophisticated vessel in operation and delivering continued support to ensure that OHT can maximise the potential of the Kongsberg systems on board."