(WK-news) – 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.”
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.
PR: Swire Blue Ocean A/S