South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has unveiled its first proprietary Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) design. It breaks new ground by using a combination of advanced green technologies to slash CO2 emissions and reduce operating costs.
Although SHI was the first South Korean shipbuilder to book a WTIV order, and has delivered a total of three, this new ECO-WTIV is the first of its own design.
The design has already received approval in principle (AiP) from three classification societies: ABS, DNV and Lloyd’s Register. It uses eco-friendly technologies that include LNG-fueled engines, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and Energy Storage Solution (ESS) to achieve a claimed 50% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with a diesel powered ship and SHI says it will “save operating costs significantly with high power efficiency.”
SHI has partnered with Hyosung Heavy Industries, to deliver the vessel’s jacking system.
“As the offshore wind industry grows, which is one of the pillars of the Green New Deal Policy, there will be more demand for WTIVs,” said Wang Lee, Vice President of Offshore Business Division of SHI. “It is very meaningful now that we secured our independent model featuring diverse cutting-edge green technologies.”