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Illustration of SHI's ECO WTIV

Samsung Heavy Industry Unveils New Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Design

Mike Schuler
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April 9, 2021

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has unveiled a new proprietary Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) design that the shipyard will market to the growing offshore wind industry.

SHI says it has now received an Approval in Principle for the design from three major classification societies; American Shipping Bureau (ABS), DNV and Lloyd’s Register.

The “ECO-WTIV” is designed for low emissions through use of LNG-fueled engines, “solid oxide” fuel cells, and energy storage systems, which together will contribute to reducing CO2 emission by approximately 50% compared to similar traditionally-powered vessels.

In December 2020, SHI partnered with Hyosung Heavy Industries, a Korean wind turbine gear producer, for developing the jacking system, which serves as the basis for the WTIV platform.

“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 K. 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.”

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