Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s wind turbine installation vessel, Brave Tern, has completed a ten-year class renewal and received a series of upgrades at the PaxOcean Batam shipyard in Indonesia.
The renewal and upgrades are said to equip Brave Tern with cutting-edge technologies that enhance its service capability, reliability, and operational efficiency.
‘‘Fred. Olsen Windcarrier proactively invests in its vessels so that we can service our customers’ needs today and tomorrow,” said Torstein Aannestad, Project Manager for the Brave Tern yard stay.
The first notable upgrade is to the vessel’s spud cans, which have been reinforced to manage a preload weight of 9000t on the spud can tips, the company said. The upgrade is expected to enable Brave Tern to operate in a more diverse set of seabed conditions.
The vessel’s ballast system has also been upgraded with a new ballast water treatment system. This is said to enable the vessel to manage and discharge ballast water more safely to eliminate cross-contamination of aquatic organisms.
The upgrade puts Brave Tern in compliance with the International Maritime Organizations’ guidelines for the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments.
Brave Tern has also received a replacement for one of three bow thrusters. This is part of a proactive maintenance program that mitigates risk of wear and helps preserve the vessel’s manoeuvrability, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said.
The upgrades will be put to the test during the next scheduled installation project, set to begin in May 2022.
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