Hyundai Mipo Dockyard is pressing ahead with plans to develop ships for the burgeoning offshore wind sector.
South Korean yard has joined forces with the country’s class society Korean Register to jointly develop a basic design for a wind farm commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV).
The two parties agreed to develop their own design and work with domestic companies to localise offshore wind farm operation technology and preemptively secure global competitiveness so that they can actively advance into overseas markets.
The plan for Hyundai Mipo involves the development of an optimised hybrid electric propulsion system with dynamic positioning performance suitable for domestic and overseas wind farms and the systematisation of various equipment such as cranes and motion control gangways.
KR plans to support the suitability of the CSOV design through a review of basic, structural, and equipment drawings and design concepts by the end of this year.
With some of the largest offshore wind projects worldwide, South Korea is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Under the latest amendment in policies, installed capacity targets for renewables will increase, with that of offshore wind power rising from the current 12 GW to 18-20 GW by 2030, according to consultancy InfoLink.
“When this technology development is completed, it is expected that not only will it be possible to operate and maintain domestic offshore wind farms that are being promoted in the future with domestic technology, but it will also be able to occupy an advantageous position in the global CSOV building market, where demand is increasing in the future,” Hyundai Mipo said.