SOV vessel to be built for offshore wind farms in Taiwan

Isbel Lázaro.


Inspenet, November 26, 2023.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Ta Tong Marine have announced, through their joint venture Ta San Shang Marine, the signing of an agreement with Damen Shipyards for the construction of a new service operations vessel (SOV).

This would be TSSM’s second Taiwan-flagged aircraft, following Asia’s first TSS Pioneer, delivered in 2022. The estimated delivery date of this new vessel is scheduled for the end of 2025 in Vietnam. Designed to use methanol as a future fuel, the new CSOV will support offshore wind farms in Taiwan.

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Masayuki Sugiyama, MOL executive director responsible for the wind energy projects unit, said that “In addition to the TSS Pioneer, this new CSOV operation will solidify TSSM’s position as an SOV player in Taiwan. Furthermore, we would like to use this project as a step forward. stone for the development of MOL’s SOV business in the Asian region, including Japan”.

TSSM President Hrong Nain Lin added that “ with our experience in operating the first service operations vessel dedicated to Asia’s offshore wind energy, we are now prepared to offer more to the green energy industry. This Damen CSOV will be a valuable new force to support Taiwan’s offshore wind developments and other future projects in the Asia Pacific region. We, as always, will continue to provide a safe work environment and comfortable home at sea for technicians and marine crew.”.

We are very honored to welcome TSSM to the Damen family. We are also very pleased that after reviewing the options, TSSM has opted for the proven Damen CSOV9020 design. We are confident that this new vessel will be a significant contribution to the development of the Taiwanese offshore wind sector and beyond. We look forward to a very fruitful and long-lasting relationship with TSSM”added Damen Shipyards CEO Arnout Damen.

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