Order placed for jack-up crane vessels based on WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤-IMS design
Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade & Technical Press release, 9 March 2010
Wärtsilä, in consortium with IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, has been engaged by
RWE Innogy, the renewable energy arm of the German utility company RWE, as its
designer to provide the basic design and consultancy services for a jack up
crane vessel. Two such vessels with GL class-approval have been ordered by RWE
Innogy to be used for constructing offshore wind farms. The shipbuilding
contracts have been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.
(DSME), and delivery of the vessels is scheduled for late 2011.
Tailored specifically for year-round construction of offshore wind farms, the
Wärtsilä-IMS advanced jack-up crane vessel is designed to remain operational
under harsh Northern European sea and wind conditions. It also sets new
standards for reliability and environmentally sound operation.
The basic design by Wärtsilä-IMS takes into account the specialised needs
involved for the construction of offshore wind farms. The vessels are 100 metres
long and 40 metres wide, and feature an 800-ton crane for transporting and
handling the foundations for the latest generation of up to 5MW and 6 MW
offshore wind turbines, as well as the turbine towers, nacelles, rotors and
blades. The vessels have sufficient deck area and deadweight capacity to carry
the components for up to four complete wind turbine units or several
foundations. For operation in shallow water, a four-point mooring system is
used, while in deeper waters a DP2 dynamic positioning system controlling
steerable thrusters is employed.
The vessels are designated to undertake foundation and turbine installation at
RWE Innogy's currently planned wind farms - "North Sea East", "Innogy North Sea
1" and "Gwynt y Môr".
Link to a picture can be found at the end of this release.
Caption: Wärtsilä/IMS advanced jack-up crane vessel for constructing offshore
wind farms have been ordered by RWE Innogy, Germany.
Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager, PR and Marketing Communications
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine
and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the
vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2009, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5.3 billion with more than 18,000
employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around
the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
IMS in brief:
Based in Hamburg, IMS Ingeniergesellschaft mbH specialises in offshore and
hydraulic engineering. In the offshore wind sector, IMS offers consultancy and
design services for wind turbine foundations, substation platforms and
RWE Innogy in brief:
RWE Innogy pools the renewable energy expertise and power plants of the RWE
Group. The company plans, builds and operates facilities generating power from
renewable energies. RWE Innogy aims to vigorously grow renewable energies in
Europe. Onshore and offshore wind power projects are a focus of the company's
activities. However, RWE Innogy will also expand biomass and hydroelectric
power. The company is also pushing ahead with the development of new
technologies for the future. In fact, RWE Innogy plans and operates biogas
facilities, wave and tidal power plants as well as solar thermal power plants.
In addition, RWE Innogy supports innovative companies in their start-up and
growth phase by providing short-term finance.
Wärtsilä/IMS advanced jack-up crane vessel: http://hugin.info/131481/R/1391993/349702.JPG