W3G Marine Ltd and IHC Merwede work together on wind turbine installation vesselVessel & ROV News // June 23, 2011
W3G Marine (W3GM) and IHC Merwede have agreed to collaborate on the development of W3GM’s patented design for an offshore wind turbine installation ship (OWTIS).
In a statement, IHC Merwede said: "The OWTIS concept has major advantages over existing assets, not least in its ability to improve offshore safety by necessitating fewer tasks to be performed offshore.
"It is environmentally friendly - as it has no contact with the seabed – and able to operate in harsh weather and deploy large loads. The OWTIS concept is not limited by water depth and is readily transferable to the oil and gas heavy-lift market.
"The purpose-designed OWTIS will be equipped with a unique 1,500 tonne crane, which when used in conjunction with the patented lift system, will enable fully assembled wind turbines to be installed in one lift onto pre-installed foundations.
"This new industry-changing vessel will reduce the cost of installing offshore wind turbines (and foundations) by at least one third compared to current methods," said IHC Merwede.
W3GM and IHC Merwede are committed to completing the engineering design phase by the end of November 2011. This will allow a vessel to be delivered by the end of 2013, making it available for the 2014 season.
W3GM is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and was founded by three engineers from the offshore construction industry. They have a successful track record of developing, building and operating offshore construction vessels.