As a global maritime contractor, Van Oord focus on dredging, oil and gas infrastructure and off shore wind, offering innovative solutions to marine challenges. Safety and sustainability goes hand in hand in this respect.
Climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions are drivers for the rising demand of renewable energy sources. With proven experience and an impressive 15-year track record, Van Oord is leading the way in the energy transition towards renewable energy by constructing offshore wind projects. With our innovative solutions, we contribute signi?cantly to making wind energy more competitive.
We furnish all-round solutions, often as turnkey projects including engineering, procurement, and construction in order to assume full responsibility for entire projects for our clients. We focus on Balance of Plant contracts (BoP, all supporting components and auxiliary systems other than the wind turbines) and on transport and installation (T&I) projects. We also provide services such as scour protection and inter array cable installation.
Our leading position as Balance of Plant contractor was in 2018 displayed in the offshore wind projects Deutsche Bucht and Norther that are still in progress the coming year. In addition, transport and installation contracts were performed on the East Anglia ONE project and Borkum Riffgrund 2 cable project.
Besides these projects, we also invested in our organisation, ?eet and in innovations. We acquired the MPI offshore organisation in the UK and two of its jackup installation vessels last year, to strengthen our global offshore wind installation works.
Our offshore installation vessel Aeolus was upgraded with a new impressive 1,600 tonnes crane, making the vessel ready to handle the latest generation of foundations and turbines for future offshore wind projects. Another addition to our ?eet is subsea rock installation vessel Bravenes. This vessel is able to install rock very close to offshore platforms, such as monopiles. Finally we have extended our cable laying and burial capabilities, with the newest trencher Dig-It. This remote-controlled trench jetting and cutting system means that Van Oord can offer its clients in offshore wind construction a complete service package. Regarding the innovations, which is a crucial component in this fast changing industry, we are at the moment working on an oyster project at the Borssele V innovation site. This will increase our understanding of how to speed up the recovery of oysters in the North Sea, something that is very important for improving biodiversity there.
For 2019 we will work on, besides above mentioned projects, the projects Borssele III/IV and the Fryslân nearshore windfarm in the Netherlands. In addition to executing the Balance of Plant contract, Van Oord is also a consortium partner of the Borssele III/IV.