The Dutch company SMST secured a contract to deliver its modular mission equipment to the first ever Service Operation Vessel (SOV) to operate in Taiwanese waters.
Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam has awarded SMST the contract for the delivery of an Access & Cargo Tower with motion compensated gangway and 3D Motion Compensated Crane for the new build SOV of Ta San Shang Marine. The vessel will serve a long-term maintenance contract for Ørsted in the new Greater Changhua offshore wind farm in the Taiwan Strait, starting in Q1-2022.
“We are very excited to experience the SMST system in our regional surroundings. The ship design is tuned to the circumstances in the Taiwan Strait and we hope that the SMST equipment well fits our design principles. We believe that the knowledge and experience of SMST in the offshore industry will benefit our operations,” says Mr. Hrong-Nain Lin, Director at Ta San Shang Marine.
On board the SOV, the SMST mission equipment helps to safely transfer the vessel’s maintenance personnel and cargo to the offshore wind turbines. “The gangway will be equipped with assisted landing and there will be a shared operator chair installed on the ship’s bridge to control both the crane and gangway. This will increase overall efficiency of the vessel,” explains Menno de Jong, Sales Manager at SMST.
SMST will deliver its equipment in Q3-2021.