HEADLINE China's largest self-propelled wind turbine installation vessel is coming

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China's largest self-propelled wind turbine installation vessel is coming

CGTN

13:01, October 29, 2017

China's largest self-propelled wind turbine installation vessel, "Longyuan Zhenhua 3", was put into trial service on October 28.

The new vessel is specially designed for the installation of offshore wind turbines and could enable safe lifting for large cargos as well. 

With a length of 100.8 meters, a draft of 8.4 meters and a width of 43.2 meters, it can work under the sea at depths of up to 50 meters, which leads in China at present.

China's largest self-propelled wind turbine installation vessel /CCTV Photo

Compared to other wind turbine installation vessels, "Longyuan Zhenhua 3" has a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons, which is the currently largest one in the world. At the same time, the lifting capacity of this new vessel could reach 1,500 tons, and its maximum lifting height is 120 meters.   

China's largest self-propelled wind turbine installation vessel /Xinhua Photo

Self-developed by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC), the new vessel started construction from 2016 and completed in June 2017. It is the third wind turbine installation vessel built by the ZPMC. The company's latest project was the installation of two turbines at the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm.

China's largest self-propelled wind turbine installation vessel /Xinhua Photo

Consisting of 32 turbines, the whole project is tasked to improve China's offshore comprehensive installation capacity and to promote the construction of offshore wind farm. 

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