Ørsted christens the first SOV in Asia Pacific

Ørsted held a ceremony with Taiwanese shipping company Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd. at Taichung Port. off to christen and christen the first-ever purpose-built Service Operation Vessel (SOV).
TSS pioneerin the Asia-Pacific region.

TSS pioneeris the ‘home away from home’ for Ørsted’s O&M team and crew. It includes cabins for 60 single cabins for O&M technicians and 27 cabins for ship‘s crew.

The SOV has a length of 85.48 meters, a width of 19.5 meters, a maximum draft of 5.6 meters and can withstand wave heights of up to 2.5 meters. Furthermore,

TSS pioneerweighs 5,872 tons, which is approximately the weight of 31 crew transfer ships. It has a dead weight of 2,611.6 tons for storing supplies and equipment.

TSS pioneeris equipped with a motion-compensated gangway to support technician transfers, as well as a dynamic positioning system and a motion-compensated 3D crane to mitigate wind-induced movements and increase worker safety and efficiency.

Christy Wang, General Manager of Ørsted in Taiwan said: “With the launch of TSS Pioneer, Ørsted has once again demonstrated our pioneering role in Taiwan’s offshore wind industry as we are the only ones to introduce state-of-the-art technology to ensure professional and efficient operation of our offshore wind farms. Ørsted outlined a clear vision a few years ago to bring world-class skills and foster a strong local offshore wind industry. In O&M, we pushed the initiative further by signing the 15-year contract with TSS. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the long-term, value-added and insight-driven O&M business for TSS and our strong partnership.”

Andreas Munk-Janson, operations manager for Ørsted Asia-Pacific commented:
“Deploying the bespoke SOV TSS Pioneer is at the core of our ability to deliver reliable and efficient O&M services at the highest level. Ørsted has recruited and trained an outstanding Taiwanese O&M team that will help meet local energy ambitions for decades to come. Ørsted will bring best-in-class O&M expertise and capabilities to Taiwan and Asia Pacific to deliver the highest performance, quality and reliability for wind farms while providing a safe working environment.”

Hrong-Nain Lin, Chairman of Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd said: “Ta San Shang Marine is very pleased to support Taiwan’s clean energy goals and to work with Ørsted to build the ‘TSS Pioneer’ for the offshore wind farms in the Changhua area. In addition, we are proud to be pioneering the local marine industry to explore new opportunities for offshore wind farm operations.”

Ørsted is currently building the Greater
Changhua 1 and 2aOffshore wind farms located between 35 and 60 kilometers off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan. They consist of 111 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-67 DDOffshore wind turbines with an output of 8 MW each. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of around 900 MW, which is expected to be enough to supply around one million Taiwanese homes with green electricity.

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