World’s largest windfarm installation vessel (WIV) came to Copenhagen

By Peter Pospiech at February 26, 2013 07:47
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, MAN Diesel&Turbo, Shipyards
Swire Blue Ocean provides services to the offshore wind industry and its newest vessel, the state-of-the-art PACIFIC ORCA, was christened end of 2012 in Copenhagen. Built in Korea by Samsung over 1½ years, the 8 x MAN 9L27/38 GenSets for diesel-electric propulsion were built by Doosan. The subsequent trip from Korea to Denmark took 80 days. Pacific Orca is the world’s most modern WIV with an overall length of 160.9 m, a breadth of 49.0 m, and a speed of 13.0 knots.  The ship is designed to transport up to 12 × 3.6 MW disassembled off-shore windmills and its main crane has a maximal capacity of 1,200 tons. Lars Blicher, General Manager & Director of Danish Swire Blue Ocean A/S, states: “The engines are hugely important as we have to be able to rely on them. They are diesel-electrics so, if any fail, we have others to take over. We opted to put identical engines in the ship to make life easier when it comes to spare parts and maintenance.” He cont... [More]

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