SMST to deliver equipment for first SOV in Taiwan


SMST, a Dutch company designing and manufacturing offshore equipment will deliver its modular mission equipment to the first ever Service Operation Vessel (SOV) operating in Taiwanese waters.

SMST’s system package will be at the heart of the vessel’s activities , ensuring the safe and secure movement of staff and cargo from the vessel.

Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam has recently awarded SMST the contract for the delivery of an Access & Cargo Tower with a Motion Compensated Gangway and a 3D Motion Compensated Crane for the new Ta San Shang Marine SOV build, a joint venture between Japanese shipowner MOL and Ta Tong Marine in Taiwan.

The vessel will serve a long-term maintenance contract for Ørsted, starting in Q1-2022, at the new Greater Changhua offshore wind farm in the Taiwan Strait.

“We are very excited to experience the equipment 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.”

Mr. Hrong-Nain Lin, director at Ta San Shang Marine.

The SMST mission equipment on board the new build SOV helps to move the maintenance staff and the cargo of the vessel safely to the offshore wind turbines. The modular system package is complete with 3D crane, elevator tower, and gangway compensated for motion.

To improve equipment performance and safety even further, recent industry trends are included.

“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. We are really looking forward putting our proven system in operation on this first Asian SOV.” SMST will deliver its equipment in Q3-2021.”

Menno de Jong, sales manager at SMST.
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