ABB wins order for Van Oord jack-up offshore wind installation vessel for an all-in-one integrated system including Azipod® thrusters

  • ABB solution helps Dutch company Van Oord’s new offshore wind installation vessel “Boreas” save space on board, reduce weight and increase load capacity
  • ABB’s integrated solution centers around four Azipod® thrusters, covering advanced power, automation and control systems, as well as ABB Ability™ digital solutions
  • ABB system packages can significantly improve vessel maneuverability, safety, availability and operational performance, while saving fuel, reducing emissions and reducing O&M costs

Recently, ABB has won a supply contract from China’s Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd. to provide integrated power, automation and propulsion systems for its “Boreas” jack-up vessel. The vessel is expected to be one of the most technologically advanced vessels on the market and is expected to be delivered to owner Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord in the second half of 2024.

ABB wins order for Van Oord jack-up offshore wind installation vessel for an all-in-one integrated system including Azipod® thrusters

Van Oord Jack-Up Offshore Wind Installation Vessel

As an industry leader in the global offshore wind market, Van Oord has been in the wind turbine installation business since 2002. By the end of 2020, its total installed capacity of renewable energy wind turbines reached 14.5 gigawatts, accounting for 40% of the global installed capacity. At 175 meters in length, the ‘Boreas’ under construction will be among the largest and most advanced hybrid electric jack-up wind installations available today. With a lifting weight of more than 3,000 tons, it will be equipped with 126-meter-tall legs, with a maximum operating water depth of 70 meters, and the ability to install offshore wind turbines of up to 20 megawatts (MW).

“Any vessel project involving dynamic positioning, especially jack-up vessels, requires a system supplier with expertise and knowledge, as well as a proven portfolio of integrated power and propulsion systems,” said Van Oord Project Director Harold Linssen. “We have worked with ABB in the past and know that ABB can not only meet all these requirements, but also provide global support during the project and throughout the life cycle of the vessel. We look forward to working with ABB on this project to shape the maritime The future of wind power installations.”

“ABB is a long-term partner of the shipyard and believes that through the Van Oord jack-up wind power installation vessel project, the cooperation between the two parties can be further strengthened,” said Sun Shiyan, Director of Supply Chain Management Center of Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard. “In addition, the Azipod® system is easy to The nature of the installation was another key factor in our decision to contract with ABB. The installation can be completed simply by attaching the pre-assembled equipment to the hull, saving a lot of time and effort during the construction process.”

The “Boreas” will be equipped with four sets of Azipod® thrusters with a total propulsion power of 16 MW, which will greatly save the ship’s space and weight, optimize the ship’s design, and increase the ship’s carrying capacity. In addition, ABB’s hybrid electric propulsion system can also integrate various new energy sources according to the needs to enhance the future development potential of ships.

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Published on 08/27/2022