Wind installation vessel contract for Jiangsu firm

Shanghai: China’s Jiangsu Jiaolong Heavy Industry Group (JHI) will build a wind turbine installation vessel for an undisclosed Singapore owner for delivery in Q3 of 2013.

The 2008-founded shipbuilder joins Cosco Shipyard as China’s sole builders of this growing niche market.

The new self-propelled, self-elevating offshore installation vessel was created by the company’s Singapore-based subsidiary JHI Engineering with basic design engineering done by US naval architects Bennett & Associates.

The DP-2 vessel has a long-boom 600-tonne crane and is designed to undertake wind turbine installation, repair, construction and maintenance.

With four 95 m legs, the vessel can operate in water depths of more than 60 m, noticeably deeper than most other vessels currently working on wind farms.  [18/06/12]

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