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CIMC Raffles Launches World’s Largest Latest Generation Wind Power Installation Vessel

On May 8, CIMC Raffles Offshore Engineering (CIMC Raffles) launched BOREAS, a new offshore wind power installation vessel built for Van Oord Company in the Netherlands, with a weight of 37,370 tons (equivalent to the weight of a “light aircraft carrier”), which created a new record for the joint launching of two barges by CIMC Raffles.

The vessel has a length of 176 meters and a maximum working depth of 80 meters. With a boom height of 155 meters, it has a maximum net lifting capacity of over 20,000 tons and a main lifting capacity of over 3,000 tons.

Classed by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the vessel has a deck area of more than 7,000 square meters, with a crew of 135, and is capable of installing 20 MW offshore wind turbines.

The BOREAS offshore wind power installation vessel project is the first vessel of its kind to use methanol, which is equipped with about 3,000 m³ of methanol tanks and five methanol dual-fuel main engines.

The vessel not only meets clean and environmentally friendly emission requirements, but also reduces the carbon footprint by more than 78%. In addition, it will also be equipped with a selective catalytic reduction unit to minimize NOx emissions.

The vessel is the largest of its kind and will be deployed at offshore wind farms specifically for the transportation and installation of next generation offshore wind turbines and large foundations.

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