Swire Pacific Offshore takes delivery of world's largest Windfarm Installation Vessel
Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO), the parent company of Swire Blue Ocean A/S, took delivery on Friday 27th July of Pacific Orca, the world's largest windfarm installation vessel (WIV), from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The vessel will be deployed to provide service for the Danish utility company DONG Energy.
The vessel's particulars include a length of 161 metres, a breadth of 49 metres and a depth of 10.4 metres. She will be the world's largest structure for installing Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs), with a capacity to carry and install up to 12 units of a 3.6 MW design. Pacific Orca can install offshore wind foundations and WTGs in ocean depths of up to 60 metres, and her special design will enable the installation of the ultra-large WTGs of 10 MW or more that are currently being developed to meet the future needs of the industry.
By fixing her six jack-up legs to the seabed and lifting herself up to 17 metres above the surface of the ocean, Pacific Orca can conduct offshore windfarm installation in a manner least affected by wind and waves, and with maximum accuracy and promptness.
Swire Pacific Offshore's Managing Director, Neil Glenn, said: "The delivery of Pacific Orca is an important milestone for the industry. With more than 30 years of offshore experience and a strong commitment to safety, Swire comes to the market confident that they, through Copenhagen-based Swire Blue Ocean, will deliver the high quality product, performance and service levels that offshore wind customers are looking for."
The demand for offshore windfarm installation vessels similar to Pacific Orca is expected to increase in line with rapid growth of the marine wind power market, which industry experts predict will grow from 3.55 GW in 2012 to 239 GW in 2030, prompted by the global push for renewable energy generation. Swire Pacific Offshore has another windfarm installation vessel on order with Samsung Heavy Industries. The Pacific Osprey is scheduled for delivery at the end of this year and is planned to be deployed for the Dan Tysk project.
About Swire Blue Ocean
Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Swire Blue Ocean (SBO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore. The company supports the installation of offshore wind farms. The tag line "Difficult Jobs, Difficult Places, Safely" accurately reflects SBO's approach in the offshore wind industry. SBO's willingness to take on challenging work is never compromised by the company's over-riding principle of doing this work safely.
For more information please contact Swire Blue Ocean A/S in Denmark, tel +45 3246 3100 - attention Ms Rikke V. Stoltz, Business Development Manager & Director, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swireblueocean.com
Second Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S
|Swire Blue Ocean's parent company, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd., is pleased to announce that it has executed its option with Samsung Heavy Industries (Samsung) in Korea to build a second Windfarm Installation Vessel. The new vessel, Pacific Osprey, will be the same specification as Pacific Orca, currently under construction at Samsung and delivering in 2012.
Pacific Osprey is scheduled to arrive in Europe in early 2013 and will be used for the installation of Wind Turbine Generators for DanTysk Offshore Wind in the German North Sea. Pacific Orca, which was originally contracted by the DanTysk project, will be committed to another European project. The re-allocation of Pacific Orca and Pacific Osprey between projects provides the parties with a better alignment between the delivery dates of the vessels and the commencement of their initial contracts.
The Swire Blue Ocean windfarm installation vessel design focuses on safety, efficiency and reliability and will provide customers with a significantly improved operating weather window. The advanced specification features a usable deck area in excess of 4,000m2, DP 2 station keeping, a 1200 MT crane, a total jackable weight of 8,400 MT and a transit speed of 13 knots. The vessel is well suited for the installation of both wind turbines and foundations.
"Exercising the option to build our second Windfarm Installation Vessel is an important milestone for the Company and underlines our commitment to the offshore wind industry” Lars Blicher, General Manager and Director of Swire Blue Ocean, commented. "The industry, quite rightly, has high expectations of the levels of safety, efficiency and operating performance required from vessel owners as its moves towards increasingly challenging projects. We are fully focused on ensuring these objectives are met.”
For further information please contact Swire Blue Ocean A/S in Denmark, tel +45 7026 3133 – attention Ms Rikke V. Stoltz, Business Development Manager & Director, email email@example.com or visit www.swireblueocean.com.
Swire Blue Ocean is awarded a contract for turbine installation on the DanTysk project
|World's largest wind farm installation vessel selected for German offshore wind farm DanTysk
Vattenfall's German offshore project DanTysk, to be jointly realised with Stadtwerke München/SWM, has reached another milestone. On the 17th of February 2011, the consortium signed a contract with the Danish shipping company Swire Blue Ocean (SBO) on a vessel for the transportation and installation of 80 Siemens wind turbines for DanTysk Offshore Wind Farm. The installation vessel, Pacific Orca, is being built by Samsung Heavy
Industries (Samsung) in South Korea to be delivered in 2012.
Georg Friedrichs, Head of Offshore Projects Vattenfall, said: "Since there is limited availability of suitable offshore vessels on the market, we are especially glad to obtain this large vessel to install the eighty turbines for our offshore project DanTysk. When negotiating the contract and
carrying out the design review we got to know the Swire Group as an international experienced company with an outstanding offshore expertise and fleet. The newly built vessel Pacific Orca meets our criteria with outstanding safety, efficiency and reliability. Our project team in Hamburg is
looking forward to realising the construction of DanTysk together with our new Danish partner
Swire Blue Ocean.”
SBO won the European wide tender, also based on the strength of its parent company; Swire Pacific Offshore which holds more than 30 years experience in offshore marine operations and operates one of the largest fleets of dynamically positioned vessels in the world. The wind farm
installation vessel Pacific Orca has an advanced specification focusing on safety, efficiency and reliability. It offers extended operating weather windows, crane capability of 1,200 t, DP2 station keeping, a transit speed in excess of 13 knots, single cabin accommodation for 111 people, and
the ability to operate in water depths of up to 75 metres. Combined with a usable deck area in excess of 4,000 m2 and a total jackable weight of 8,400 t, the vessel offers operational flexibility in the installation of offshore wind farms. Being in line with strict European environmental standards
Pacific Orca will be certified by GL-Group Germanischer Lloyd.
Lars Blicher, General Manager and Director of Swire Blue Ocean: "We are delighted to have been selected as the vessel provider for the turbine installations for DanTysk. We look forward to working very closely with Vattenfall and their partner Stadtwerke München on this project which
will provide a great opportunity for SBO to showcase the enhanced capabilities and efficiencies of our vessel and the high standards of operational and safety performance of our personnel.”
Commencing in 2013, Pacific Orca will load the wind turbines at Esbjerg before being transported to the DanTysk construction site 69 km west of the island Sylt in the German North Sea. In Esbjerg itself, Vattenfall's surveillance centre operates and maintains more than 900 wind turbines.
We are currently developing, constructing and own wind farms in six countries, including the neighbouring offshore wind farm Horns Rev I (160 MW) on the Danish border. The DanTysk project is managed by a team based in Hamburg. Vattenfall is building and planning offshore wind
farms at the British and Dutch Coast as well. The next offshore wind farm to be commissioned at the end of 2011 is Ormonde, situated in the Irish Sea with the capacity of 150 MW. Electricity Generation from offshore wind farms is part of Vattenfall's climate ambitions and Vattenfall is
investing in renewable energy for the long-term reduction of CO2 emissions.
Vattenfall discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Market Act
Key facts DanTysk:
DanTysk Offshore Wind GmbH Joint Venture of Vattenfall (51%) and Stadtwerke München SWM (49%)
Total Investment > 1 Billion €
Capacity 288 MW
Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) 80 Siemens 3,6 MW (120m rotor)
Installation vessel WTG Pacific Orca, Swire Blue Ocean (DK)
Transformer substation Jacket/Topside; Strukton/Hollandia (NL)
Foundations in progress
Array Cabling in progress
Grid connection provided by TenneT TSO, constructed by SIEMENS/
Sea cable 160 km
Geographical data Exclusive Economy Zone German North Sea, 69km west to the island Sylt
Area 71 km²
Water depths 21-31 m
Construction Kick-Off 2012/2013
Commissioning 2013/ 2014
For pictures of the installation vessel and technical data see:
For further information, please contact:
Ingegerd Bills, Head of Communications Vattenfall Wind Power, telephone +46 70 539 70 77.
From Vattenfall's Press Office, telephone: +46 8 739 50 10, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swire Blue Ocean A/S Denmark
Rikke V. Stoltz, Business Development Manager & Director, telephone + 45 7026 3133;
First Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S
The Swire Blue Ocean parent company, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd., has announced that it has placed an order for its first windfarm installation vessel with Samsung Heavy Industries (Samsung) in Korea. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in June 2012. The agreement with Samsung also provides for an optional second vessel for delivery in 2013.
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