The Giants of a New Energy Age
We’re all familiar with the images of offshore giants of the outgoing oil age: the oil platforms of the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and Brasil. But the new giant wind turbine installation vessels of the upcoming wind energy age aren’t any less impressive.
[de.wikipedia.org] – Liste von Errichterschiffen
[worldmaritimenews.com] – Value Offshore Wind Installation Vessels Set to Soar:
The global market value for offshore wind turbine and foundation installation vessels will increase more than fivefold, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. Namely, the market value is set to increase from an estimated USD 0.56 billion in 2014 to approximately USD 2.93 billion by 2020, representing an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 30%…
Europe is by far the biggest market for offshore wind power, estimated to account for over 90% of global turbine installation vessel revenue in 2013, and GlobalData expects this market to see substantial future growth. Despite the many projects currently planned or under construction in Europe, a limited number of offshore wind-specific installation vessels are operating at present, although this number will have increased from just two in 2005 to more than 40 by the end of 2014, according to the report’s findings.
That was 2014, now is 2017. Have a look at this database of (mostly) dedicated wind farm vessels:
[4coffshore.com] – Heavy maintenance and construction vessels
244 heavy lifting and construction
268 construction support ships
519 wind farm service vessels
A few ships from this database for which videos could be found:
Blue Amber, German construction proposal.
Gemini Wind Park Construction Highlights
Veja Mate offshore wind farm installation (Germany)
Working with these kind of ships can be risky. Here an example where one of the legs broke off (Angola, oil exploration, not wind installation)
Zwijndrecht 15 January 2014 – DEME has ordered two new vessels serving the offshore energy market. Contracts have been signed with shipyards La Naval in Spain and Uljanik in Croatia to build respectively the multipurpose vessel “LIVING STONE” and the self-propelled jack-up vessel “APOLLO”. Both vessels will be delivered in 2017.
Sea Worker capsized near Denmark. Jackup operations are risky.
Seajacks Kraken. Seajacks UK. Dual mode oil/gas and wind power installation. Completed a 15 month contract with DONG Energy to perform wind farm installation work at the Walney wind farm located in the Irish Sea [Current location]