DEME orders new offshore installation vessel

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 - 13:00

The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has ordered the next generation offshore installation vessel “Orion” that combines exceptionally high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology.

The new vessel “Orion” will be deployed by DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea for the construction of the largest offshore wind farms, to service the oil and gas industry and for decommissioning of offshore installations. The vessel will be built at COSCO in China and is set to be delivered in 2019.

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 a height of more than 170 m. Deck space has been maximised to provide high transport and load capacity. The vessel can take the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and structures in a single shipment. With this combination of high load and lifting capacity, Orion can transport and install the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. The 216.5 metres long Orion, featuring DP3 capability, can accommodate a crew of up to 131 people.

Environmental considerations have been an important element of the vessel design. Orion has dual fuel engines and can run on natural gas (LNG). It will have a Green Passport and Clean Design notation. It will also have other environmental innovations on board, such as a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gasses and cooling water to electrical energy.

“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,” said Luc Vandenbulcke, Managing Director GeoSea.

Silke Funke / DEME

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