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DEME Orders Next Generation OIV Orion

Artist Impression of Offshore Installation Vessel OrionOffshore Installation Vessel Orion will feature a combination of exceptionally high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology. The vessel will be built at COSCO in China and is set to be delivered in 2019. Orion will be deployed by DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea for the construction of the largest offshore wind farms, to service the oil and gas industry and for decommissioning of offshore installations.

With a total installed capacity of 44,180kW the vessel will be equipped with a high-tech crane with lifting capacity of 3,000t at more than 50m. The loads can be lifted to a height of more than 170m. Deck space has been maximised to provide exceptionally high transport and load capacity. The vessel can take the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and structures in a single shipment. With this combination of high load and lifting capacity, Orion can transport and install the next generation of giant multi-megawatt wind turbines.

Environmental considerations have been an important element of the vessel design. Therefore the vessel has dual fuel engines and can run on natural gas (LNG). It will have a Green Passport and Clean Design notation. It will also have other environmental innovations on board, such as a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gasses and cooling water to electrical energy. The 216.5m-long Orion, featuring DP3 capability, can accommodate a crew of up to 131 people.