Fair winds and following seas

DEMONSTRATING its commitment to the environment, Van Oord Offshore is currently developing an offshore wind farm transport and installation vessel. Named after the Greek god of wind, the Aeolus is one of the company’s ‘recyclable’ products currently
under construction. “Installation of wind farms is, in itself, green energy. But also, that vessel and newer vessels are being built so that once it comes to the end of its lifetime, it can be taken apart [in an] environmentally friendly [manner],” Van Oord Offshore managing director Australia Hans van Meeuwen said. Self-propelled cutter suction dredgers Athena (already operational) and Artemis (currently under installation) are other technologies that the company is developing in the same way.
Focussed on marine ingenuity, the company is also involved in research to avoid disturbances to aquatic life. “One of the things we are working on which is quite amazing is called ‘sexual coral regeneration’.

You can imagine that once we work on the sea bed, we disturb that sea bed. But instead, we bring coral back at locations,” Mr van Meeuwen said. Van Oord has also been collaborating with zoologists to develop a noise deterrent that discourages turtles from travelling near the company’s vessels. Meanwhile, under an investment plan worth about 1 billion euros, Van Oord has also recently developed two new vessels – Stornes and Stingray. With the capacity to carry 27,000t of rock material, Stornes is the company’s largest rock installation vessel and can work to
depths ranging from 1200m to 2000m. Currently undertaking work in the North Sea, Stornes has been designed to work in weather conditions including seas as high as 5m. Mr van Meeuwen added that it was capable of placing rock very accurately, both horizontally and vertically.
A shallow water pipe lay barge, Stingray is almost complete and is planned to be operational in the third quarter of this year. Measuring 120m long and 40m wide, the vessel’s pipe laying capacity ranges from 6 to 60 inches. It will have three welding stations
onboard, a 500t crane (with an option to modify to a 1200t crane) and accommodation for up to 279 people. While the two vessels were not new technologies, Mr van Meeuwen said that they demonstrated a new concept in the offshore industry: having the ability to carry out all work on their own as an engineering procurement and construction contractor. He said that while a lot of companies brought in a project manager to handle the entirety of a project and to avoid interface issues between companies, Van Oord could carry out all work involved in the installation of pipelines. The company has recently completed works for Rompetrol in Romania, in addition to projects in the Middle East and Singapore. Van Oord will be showcasing this ‘full package’ concept at its stand at the AOG in Perth, WA on February 22 to 24.

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