Windthrust unveils floating port and installation vessel for offshore wind farms

Windthrust, a wholly owned subsidiary of Perth-based National Ports Corporation, has revealed its plans to develop a combined self-propelled floating port and installation vessel for the offshore wind farm market.

The company’s Oceandock LX has a 60,000 sq m of deck area, two 2,600 tonne cranes and one 6,000 tonne crane capable of lifting a substation in one single lift. In addition, the Oceandock LX has an extra 700,000 cu m of underdeck area.

“The next generation of wind turbines will be larger and heavier in order to keep up with the rapid increase in global demand for renewables. This will require far larger vessels that can offer heavier lifting capacity and increased deck space,” said Marco Lucido, National Ports’ managing director.

“Today’s installation vessels are not fit for purpose, as they simply do not have the capacity to meet the requirements….we saw that logistical inefficiency as a major opportunity,” Lucido added.

Windthrust has been working closely with offshore wind farm companies from Northern Europe as part of the development of this new offering.

Recent research published by RenewableUK shows that the total pipeline of global offshore wind projects has grown by 47% since January, making the sector the fastest growing one across all energy segments.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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