Houston-based classification society ABS is to provide classification services to the first floating heavy lift and installation vessel to be built in Taiwan – Green Jade.

The vessel has been commissioned by CDWE, a joint venture between Taiwanese company CSBC and Belgian offshore contractor DEME.

She will be built at CSBC in Taiwan for delivery in 2022 for deployment in the region’s offshore wind market.

“This is a key development for the region’s offshore wind capability and for the Taiwanese shipbuilding industry and we are delighted to be able to support it,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President of Global Offshore Markets.

“Offshore wind has huge potential for growth globally and ABS has the experience to help the industry achieve its ambitions with an unwavering focus on safety.”

At 216.5 meters in length and with a crew of up to 160 people, Green Jade will be equipped to handle the heaviest monopiles, jacket foundations, and turbines with the help of a 4,000-tonne capacity crane.

As well as Dynamic Positioning 3 capability and dual-fuel engines, Green Jade features a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gases and cooling water to electrical energy.

Once delivered, Green Jade will be deployed on the Hai Long and Zhong Neng offshore wind projects.

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