China’s first 2,000-ton offshore wind farm installation vessel, named Baihetan, was launched in April in Guangzhou, Guangdong province (southern China).
Built by China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), the 126 meter long and 50 meter wide vessel has a full load displacement with a total capacity of 37,000 tons and incorporates functions such as transportation, self-elevating , self-propulsion, lifting, and dynamic positioning.
Once operational, Baihetan will be able to lift cargo as heavy as 2,000 tons and work in water depths of up to 70 meters.
With a maximum variable load of 6,500 tons and a deck area of 4,200 square meters, the vessel can be used for the installation of offshore wind turbines from 8 MW to 15 MW.
The construction of Baihetan began in July 2021 and the vessel is expected to be commissioned in Guangdong waters and eastern China’s Fujian province by the end of this year.
The shipyard should now begin the installation of special components and equipment and undergo adjustments.
The China-based company also started construction of another wind farm installation vessel in July last year.
Wudongde is about 182 meters long, 46 meters wide, and is China’s first high-performance deep-sea vessel specially designed for transporting and installing wind farm infrastructure, CTG said.
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