Van Oord cuts steel for new jack-up vessel Boreas
The Dutch offshore construction company, Van Oord, has begun the construction of a new jack-up vessel, the Borealis. The steel cutting ceremony took place at the Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore (CIMC Raffles) Shipyard, in the city of Yantai, located in the province of Shandong, on China’s (PRC) west coast. Boreas is expected to enter the market in 2024.
Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard is one of the most prominent shipbuilders, and disposed of three shipyards in the PRC, in addition to equipment including the world’s largest gantry crane. CIMC Raffles specialises in jack-up platforms as well as different types of offshore vessels. The vessel was designed by Knud E Hansen.
The ordering of this vessel was announced by Van Oord in October 2021. It is intended to further strengthen Van Oord’s market position as an industry frontrunner in offshore wind, a market in which the company has been present since 2003. It is also a response to the increasing demand for offshore wind farms globally. Indeed, Boreas is able to handle the increasingly large sizes of offshore wind components: the vessel will be capable of installing up to 20-25 MW wind turbines.
A leg encircling crane (LEC) will be supplied by the Dutch company Huisman. It will be the largest crane the company has developed to date in terms of lifting capacity, boom length, installed power and technical features. Thanks to this LEC, the jack-up will be able to lift more than 3,000 tonnes. Lastly, the Boreas will be a ‘green vessel’ and have a very low carbon footprint. Indeed, it can run on methanol biofuel.