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Havfram Wind Orders Second Large Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

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Havfram Wind Orders Second Large Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

Mike Schuler
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April 19, 2023

Havfram Wind has announced that it has ordered a second state-of-the-art Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV).

The vessel, which is the first optional vessel in the existing shipbuilding contract with Chinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles, will be similar to the first GustoMSC NG20000X Jack-Up vessel that is currently under construction, incorporating the latest battery hybrid drive train technology.

The new vessel will be delivered late in the fourth quarter of 2025 and has the capability of installing offshore wind turbines with a rotor diameter of more than 300 meters, as well as XXL monopiles weighing up to 3,000 tons at water depths of up to 70 meters. The crane has a lifting capacity of 3,250 tons.

The NG20000X vessel has been designed to optimize capacities for high variable deck load and the extreme lift heights expected over the next decade. The incorporation of the latest battery hybrid drive train technology in the design will significantly reduce carbon emissions per installed megawatt (MW) of offshore wind capacity, making it an environmentally friendly option for offshore wind turbine installation.

The decision to order a second NG20000X Jack-Up vessel with CIMC Raffles is based on the good established cooperation with the shipyard and several commitments with major offshore wind developers. Havfram Wind has signed a contract with Ørsted to install wind turbines at their Hornsea 3 project, starting in autumn of 2026. Vattenfall has appointed the company as the preferred supplier for their Norfolk Projects, starting in the spring of 2027. Last week, Havfram Wind signed a preferred supplier agreement with RWE for turbine installation support for their Nordseecluster project, commencing in the summer of 2026.

Martin Degen, Commercial Director and Vice President of Havfram Wind the steadily growing demand for offshore wind capacity and developments within wind turbine technology, with larger wind turbine components, are driving demand for larger Wind Turbine Installation vessels. “Our fleet will be capable of meeting the requirements and challenges of the fast-growing offshore wind market and we are confident that our experienced team will deliver the highest service to clients worldwide,” he said.

Havfram Wind is a Norwegian pure-play offshore wind company that provides a wide range of services across the offshore wind value chain. The company operates through two wholly-owned subsidiaries: Havfram Wind, which provides offshore wind installation expertise to the global market as an owner and operator of Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs); and Kontiki Winds, which focuses on the early-stage development of offshore wind farms and electrification of fossil fuel-intensive operations using floating offshore wind. Havfram is majority-owned by Sandbrook Capital, a leading climate fund led by an experienced team determined to combine consistent financial returns and real climate impact.

Jonathan Wang Jianzhong, CEO & President of CIMC Raffles Group, said: “We are pleased to firm our existing agreement with this second vessel for Havfram Wind and are proud to be a partner for the development of Havframs offshore wind business. As a global major offshore equipment EPC contractor, we are confident that we will meet Havfram Winds highest demands for quality. In addition, I believe that our cooperation with Havfram Wind will contribute vastly to the offshore wind industry and the global energy transition.”

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