Dutch maritime company Van Oord on Tuesday (27 December) said the keel laying ceremony for its methanol powered offshore installation vessel Boreas took place, at the Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd (YCRO) yard in Yantai, China.
The Boreas has the size of 175 metres and lifting power of over 3,000 tonnes to transport and install 20 MW wind turbines.
It was the firm’s second keel laying ceremony in the last few weeks. In November, in Serbia, we celebrated the laying of the keel of a new water injection dredger (WID).
“Laying the keel is a symbolically important moment in the life of any vessel. It’s a ritual that goes back centuries, and marks the moment the preparation of the construction ends, and the final phase of construction starts. It is also the moment a vessel is classified,” the firm said in a social media post.
The company said the keel laying is a great nextstep in the build of the two new vessels, expected to be operational in 2024.
The new WID, as of yet unnamed, is a sister ship to Van Oord Maas and Mersey water injection dredging vessels. It will have the same specifications as the Maas and Mersey.
Photo credit: Van Oord
Published: 28 December, 2022
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