World’s Largest Wind Farm Installation Vessel Ready To Launch

Posted by NAW Staff on July 30, 2012 No Comments
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Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has built what it says is the world's largest wind farm installation vessel and delivered it to Swire Pacific Offshore, a Singapore-based shipper.

The vessel – dubbed ‘Pacific Orca’ – is 161 meters long, 49 meters wide and 10.4 meters high, and is capable of transporting and installing 12 3.6 MW wind turbines, the company says.

It also allows the installation of wind farms to a depth of 60 meters, as well as the installation of wind farms with a capacity of 10 MW or higher.

The vessel is floated up to 17 meters above sea level, using six legs, and the 1,200-ton crane embedded on the vessel allows the installation of power generation towers, power generation rooms and wings, SHI explains, adding that the vessel allows the installation of wind farms under extreme conditions, including wind speeds of up to 20 meters per second and waves up to 2.5 meters high.

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