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Van Oord Orders 20 MW Wind Turbine Installation Ship

The picture shows 7 towers, which would imply that this ship will be able to ram 140 MW worth of wind capacity into the sea bed during a single run, probably in a time frame of 1-2 weeks. One can accuse the Dutch maritime industry of a lot, but not that they are subtle.

Key data:

Warf: Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard, China
Design: Knud Hansen
Crane: Huisman, 3000 ton, suitable for 20 MW turbines
Operation date: 2024

Van Oord has an option for a second vessel.

Total investment portfolio van Oord over the next 5 years: 1 billion €.


Since 2002, Van Oord has contributed to the installation of a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 14.5 GW. That represents 40% of the total installed capacity of approximately 35 GW of offshore wind worldwide at the end of 2020. In 2020, Van Oord worked on and completed offshore wind projects that provide sustainable energy to more than 2.5 million households. The demand for offshore wind farms remains high. The European Union aims to install 300 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050, and worldwide this is expected to be 2000 GW of offshore wind energy. In the Netherlands, the goal is to realise 20 GW up to 2030 and another 20 GW of offshore wind energy in the next decade.

It’s pretty clear that van Oord has good prospects of becoming the next Dutch industrial giant, accompanying the likes of Philips, Shell, ING, Unilever, ASML, DSM.

[] – Van Oord orders mega ship to install 20 MW offshore wind foundations and turbines

Dutch maritime saying: “Recht zo die gaat” (Steady as she goes)

Size vs capacity offshore wind turbines

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