Boskalis reaches milestone in Taiwan wind farm project
Boskalis’s Bokalift 2 crane vessel has successfully executed its first job, installing seven jackets for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm project, in Taiwanese waters. The Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms are owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and two Taiwanese life-insurance companies.
The Bokalift 2 crane vessel measures 231 by 49 metres and has a gross tonnage of 60825 tonnes. The vessel was originally built in 2000, before being converted from a drillship YAN into a crane vessel, by Drydocks World. The initial conversion was done in Dubai, and required 9,000 tons of steel. After this, the ship headed to Xiamen, China, where a 4,000-ton huisman crane was installed on it. Following this, the ship underwent tests in Singapore, before heading to Taiwan for its first mission.
After being loaded with the jackets in Taipei’s port, the Bokalift used it’s 4,000 ton revolving crane to lift and install the 72-metre-high and 1,400-ton jackets. Now that the Bokalift has completed the first phase of the foundation installation, its next mission will be installing the remaining pin piles, and 52 jackets. In coming years, the vessel will continue working on offshore wind projects in Asia and the United States.