Friede & Goldman and OIM Wind have revealed the FO-146 Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV), a pioneering addition to the offshore wind industry. Based on F&G's WindSetter Class WTIVs, this remarkable vessel is the result of a productive partnership between the two companies.
The FO-146 WTIV boasts an impressive hull design that can accommodate up to five 18MW or four 20MW wind turbine sets, complete with their full-height towers, on its main deck. It further demonstrates its versatility with a substantial water depth capacity of 80 meters. Most notably, the vessel is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3200 metric tonnes SWL (Safe Working Load) leg-encircling crane, featuring the reach and capacity to facilitate the installation of XXL foundations that surpass 3000 metric tonnes.
Robert Clague, Vice President of Engineering at Friede & Goldman, expressed his enthusiasm about the FO-146 WTIV, describing it as a groundbreaking and environmentally conscious solution tailored to meet the evolving needs of the offshore wind industry. He underlined the significance of the collaboration with OIM Wind in bringing this innovative vessel to fruition, citing their combined expertise and vision as pivotal in setting new standards in performance and efficiency.
OIM Wind's Founder and Director, Oddgeir Indrestrand, echoed the sentiment of innovation and commitment to the offshore industry. He emphasized that the FO-146 WTIV represents a vessel designed not only to cater to the future global offshore wind market but also to offer exceptional value for clients. The collaboration with Friede & Goldman stands as a source of pride, as together, they have achieved a remarkable feat in the field of offshore wind technology.