Boskalis builds new crane vessel following large OWF contract

PRESS RELEASE – Boskalis will build a new crane vessel capable of lifting 4,000 tons, following a new contract for the Taiwanese Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm (CFXD OWF) project owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

The Taiwanese wind farm will be the launching project for the new crane vessel which will be named Bokalift 2. Similar to the Bokalift 1, Boskalis will convert an existing hull to create the Bokalift 2 crane vessel. The DP2 vessel with accommodation for 150 persons will boast 7,500 square metres of free deck space and a 4,000-ton revolving crane capable of lifting structures more than 100 meters high.

The Bokalift 2 will be a flexible value-adding asset, well-positioned for the installation of current and future generation offshore wind turbine foundations as well as oil and gas structures.

The CFXD OWF project includes the transportation and installation of sixty-two three-legged jacket foundations and the accompanying 186 pin piles. The contract value for Boskalis is between EUR 150 million and EUR 300 million.

Boskalis and Hwa Chi have successfully performed marine construction projects in Taiwan over the last 30 years and will execute this project as BoWei (Boskalis HwaChi Offshore Wind Taiwan Co. Ltd.). In line with the local content requirement policy for offshore wind farm developments in Taiwan, BoWei will subcontract work to local suppliers including the sourcing of support vessels, local engineering and logistic services.

The CFXD OWF is located approximately 15 kilometres off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan and will generate a total capacity of up to 600 MW. Engineering and pre-construction works commenced recently and the project is scheduled to be executed in the period 2021-2023.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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