Shimizu’s new jack up vessel Blue Wind will soon be ready for its first turbines installation contract at the Japanese offshore wind project Toyama Nyuzen.
Blue Wind is a GustoMSC SC-14000XL jack up vessel equipped with a 2500-ton crane, making the vessel relevant for installation work also as turbines sizes increase over the next decade. The vessel’s first contract at Toyama Nyuzen is for installing MingYang MySE3.0-135 turbines, which are far below Blue Wind’s maximum lifting capacities. Blue Wind is currently the most competitive turbine installation vessel in Japan and is likely to serve as the backbone of the turbine installation fleet in the region. The vessel is anticipated to stay in Asia-Pacific throughout its lifespan. The vessel was built by Japan Marine United (JMU) where first steel was cut in late-2020 and delivery of the vessel was in October 2022. After delivery Blue Wind has gone through four months of sea trial and various training which are now completed.