ZWIJNDRECHT, Belgium– DEME’s offshore installation vesselOrion was successfully launched at the COSCO Qidong shipyard in China.
TheOrion will feature a combination of high transport and load capacity, lifting heights, and green technology.
The vessel will be deployed for the construction of offshore wind farms, to service the oil and gas industry, and for the decommissioning of offshore installations.
With a total installed capacity of 44,180 kW, theOrion will be equipped with a Liebherr crane with a lifting capacity of 5,000 metric tons. The loads can be lifted to a height of more than 170 m (558 ft).
The 216.5-m (710.3-ft) long vessel will feature DP-3 capability, dual fuel engines, and will have a Green Passport and Clean Design notation. It will also have a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gasses and cooling water to electrical energy. The evaporation of LNG will cool the accommodation with a cold recovery system.
TheOrion is expected to join the fleet at the end of 2019.