China’s Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding Co. has signed a contract for the construction of five wind farm support vessels which once delivered will serve offshore wind farms off Fujian province.
The five WFSVs were reportedly ordered by Fujian Ship Investment Company. The twin-hull WFSVs will have a maximum speed of up to 15 knots.
The vessels will have an autonomy of 300 nautical miles under a full load.
Fujian Province is home to some of China’s biggest offshore wind projects including the 400MW Longyuan Putian Nanri Island wind farm off the city of Putian which Longyuan Power Group Corp is currently constructing. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2018.
China is currently planning to install 10GW of offshore wind energy before the end of 2020.