Belgian marine engineering contractor DEME has placed an order for the construction of an offshore installation vessel at China’s Cosco Shipyard.
The new vessel, which will be named Orion, is scheduled for delivery in 2019 and it 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 equipped with a dual fuel engine and a crane with lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes.
“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 of GeoSea.