German cruise ship-builder MEYER WERFT has announced it entry into the offshore converter platform market with a collaboration with Dragados Offshore.
The Papenburg shipyard has been tasked with manufacturing the steel structures for the DolWin4, BorWin4, BalWin1, and BalWin2 converter platforms, which will connect offshore wind farms in the North Sea with the onshore transmission grid.
The production of the converter platforms will be carried out by Spain-based Dragados Offshore, which has been awarded the contract for the entire EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation) project in partnership with Siemens Energy.
Meyer Werft said what sets this project apart will be the first use of the laser hybrid welding process in constructing DC voltage platforms, a cutting-edge technology use in cruise ship construction.
“This order is a milestone for us in the entry into the construction of converter platforms, which we will also build at NEPTUN WERFT in Rostock in the future. This successful expansion of our product portfolio secures knowledge and employment at our German shipyards and at the same time makes a decisive contribution to the energy transition,” said Jan Meyer, Chief Business Innovation Officer. “We are pleased to have found new customers for a new product of the MEYER Group with our know-how and our capacities. We firmly believe in this new market.”
MEYER WERFT’s contribution to the project will include the supply of steel block sections, with each DolWin4 and BorWin4 platform requiring almost 6000 tons of steel, and BalWin1/BalWin2 platforms requiring around 15,500 tons of steel—approximately equivalent to that used in the construction of a large cruise ship.
Delivery of these components is slated to take place between 2024 and 2027.
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