Global offshore wind leader Ørsted announced today that it has signed crew transfer vessels (CTV) contracts to charter five ships and form a Taiwan-flagged CTV fleet for the construction work of the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms.
Christy Wang, General Manager of Ørsted in Taiwan, says: “The CTV contracts well demonstrate Ørsted’s commitment towards enabling Taiwan vessel suppliers to expand their business in the offshore wind industry. These contracts help the local construction companies build up experience and capabilities in order to enter into future offshore wind project construction business.”
“Moreover, we are optimistic to see these contracts paving the way to create employment opportunities for local fishermen as well as providing necessary language and crew trainings to help them get ready to work on CTVs in the near future.”
These CTVs will be owned and operated by Dong Fang Offshore Co., Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Taiwan’s leading shipping company Hung Hua Construction Co., Ltd, and Ventus Marine Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Taiwan’s Ta Tong Marine Group and Singapore-based PSA Marine, as well as a joint venture of OPUS MARINE and its Taiwan partners.
The CTV fleet will be operational in 2021 and 2022, supporting the offshore installation campaign. The contracts will also generate business for a range of port services, such as berthing, provision supply and fuel bunkering.
Polin Chen, Managing Director of Dong Fang Offshore Co., Ltd., says: “We are proud that the company was selected by Ørsted to provide CTV services for building the largest Taiwanese Offshore Wind Farms, Greater Changhua 1 & 2a. This demonstrates the incredible opportunities offshore wind can create to invigorate Taiwan’s marine industry. We are looking forward to bringing our reliability and experience to the table to make the construction of this offshore wind farms a huge success.”
The partnership established by Ørsted through these CTV contracts is a step further towards building a local offshore wind value chain and contributing to Taiwan’s energy transition.