Davit Order for Rem Offshore CSOV Gives Vestdavit Uplift
Vestdavit’s reliable mooring head davit technology is gaining traction in the offshore wind market with the award of an initial contract on a Construction Services Operation Vessel (CSOV) being built for Rem Offshore within the Norwegian shipbuilding group VARD.
The coveted order for a PAP-15000 davit with painter’s boom has been secured from contractor Mare Safety for the first of two new firm CSOVs to be delivered in the first half of 2023 from Vard Søviknes.
The advanced CSOV based on the Vard 4 19 design, with a length of 85 meters and a beam of 19.5 meters, will carry out service and maintenance operations on offshore wind farms around the world that depend on the safe deployment of workboats carrying variable sea crew and equipment. States.
Mooring Head Pioneer
“Vestdavit has pioneered the development of mooring head technology with the PAP series of davit systems which have demonstrated proven reliability through numerous deliveries for naval and commercial customers,” said Bjørnar Dahle, Director of the business development of Vestdavit.
“The new build project for Rem Offshore is significant as it shows that this solution is also very relevant for the offshore wind industry, as it is able to handle large daughter craft with reliable operation in varying sea states.”
The PAP-15000 features an anti-sway system with a fully integrated mooring head that is compensated for movement in three dimensions, providing unshakeable stability with swing in and out.
Safety and reliability are especially vital in offshore wind operations, as CSOVs must operate in a wide weather window to minimize operational downtime, while being able to safely deploy personnel and equipment. equipment on workboats in potentially rough sea conditions.
Dahle explains that the mooring head is an anti-tilt device installed on a davit to counter the oscillating loads of a boat during launch and recovery, preventing sudden movements in rough seas that could injure the crew. or damage the equipment, as well as the structure of the vessel.
“This is a major advantage as it enables very responsive handling of the large workboats which are needed to provide a safe and stable platform for technical personnel engaged in wind operations in sometimes harsh conditions,” said he declared.
Vestdavit, which has also developed the PLD series of davits suitable for the offshore wind market, is confident of winning new orders for its mooring head davits in this sector due to the growing demand for CSOV to facilitate an expected boom in development. of wind farms over the coming years, according to Dahle.
There are now 48 offshore wind farms under construction around the world which will add another 17 gigawatts (GW) to the current generation capacity of 48.2 GW after a record 15.7 GW was added from 53 new ones projects that started operating last year, according to the World Offshore Wind Forum.
Expansion of the wind market
Research firm Rystad Energy has predicted that other wind farm projects underway will increase global operational capacity to 265 GW by 2030, when capital expenditure is expected to reach $102 billion, more than double the $46 billion dollars invested last year.
This is propelled by planned investments in offshore wind farms from European countries like the UK, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Poland, as well as other countries like the US, China, Japan and South Korea.
As a result, the number of SOVs in operation at offshore wind farms around the world is expected to more than triple to almost 100 by 2030, from 32 currently, according to a recent report by WindEurope and the Polish Association of wind power.
“We see great potential for additional davit deliveries in the offshore wind market, as we have competitive and proven systems capable of meeting challenging operational requirements,” says Dahle.
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