Multicats in the offshore wind industry
While Acta Marine’s Multicats are known for their multifunctionality across numerous maritime sectors, this post focuses on how these highly adaptable vessels have served the offshore wind industry over the previous months.
Three vessels working on three different European projects demonstrate their adaptability. “The 22-metre Coastal Boxer has been providing marine support during the construction of a Danish offshore wind farm,” says Sinclair McWilliam, Project Manager Acta Marine. “Meanwhile, the 35-metre Coastal Discovery has been working on a UK cable repair project. A notable aspect of both these contracts is that both vessels where specifically selected because of their shallow draft capabilities.”
Staying in the UK offshore wind market, Coastal Chariot has successfully completed a power cable reburial project. “The fact that Coastal Chariot has DP capacity, in addition to excellent on board equipment, makes her very well suited to operate as a mass flow excavation tool in shallow waters.”
Looking further afield, the offshore wind industry has really seen some considerable growth on a global scale in 2017. Asia, for example, is taking ever-larger steps to increase its production levels. Mr Sinclair McWilliam goes on to say that Taiwan, in particular, is pursuing significant expansion of its offshore wind industry: “There is great potential there because the local conditions and the geography of the Taiwan Strait are advantageous for consistently strong offshore winds.”
Acta Marine is also active in Taiwan, deploying the Multicat Coastal Ace in the early stages of construction of an offshore wind farm to perform maintenance and installation of high-tech measurement buoys. “We are very proud to be making headway in this emerging offshore wind market – we have all the necessary skills to support these activities,” he concludes.
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