RIDING MILL, UNITED KINGDOM – Osbit delivered a monopile gripping system to Yunneng Wind Power Co. for the Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm project in Taiwanese waters.
The system allows the installation of a monopile from a moored floating vessel and helps maintain the position and verticality of the foundations. It is deployed and stowed using a deck rail skid system,
According to Osbit, the gripper design is also adaptable for future projects, accommodating monopiles with diameters ranging from 6.5 to 10 m (21 to 33 ft), with thrust forces of up to 300 metric tons (330 tons). Additionally, the system allows for rapid mobilization and can be adapted to fit different vessel structures.
It incorporates an integrated noise attenuation system near the stack, which is said to minimize underwater noise and vibration associated with stacking activities, and bubble curtain rings which attenuate the energy emitted into the environment.
The system was manufactured in Singapore, with various subsystems shipped from UK and European suppliers. A project team worked on site in Singapore throughout construction in cooperation with manufacturer Baker Engineering.
The pile gripper will be mobilized to the DLS-4200 vessel for deployment in the coming months, for use with a toggle hinge which Osbit is also supplying.