Swire Blue Ocean
Swire Blue Ocean (SBO) is a fully owned subsidiary of SPO headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Acquired by SPO in 2010, SBO specialises in the transportation and installation of offshore wind turbines and foundations and aims to be the global wind, construction and decommissioning partner of choice. SBO owns and operates two of the world's largest and leading windfarm installation vessels, the Pacific Orca and the Pacific Osprey.
To visit SBO's corporate website, please click here.
Some of SBO's core services include:
- Transport and installation of offshore foundations
- Transport and installation of offshore wind turbine generators
- Transport and installation of platform topsides /substations
- Maintenance of offshore wind turbine generators
- Maintenance of offshore structures and platforms
- Subsea construction /IMR
- Offshore Construction
- Offshore Decommissioning
- Offshore Accommodation and crane support
- Salvage assistance
- Heavy Lift and Project Cargo
Over the years, Swire Blue Ocean has amassed an impressive track record, from the recent installation of the world’s most powerful turbines at Aberdeen, to the removal and transportation of the AF Decom Platform.
Some notable signature projects include:
Installation of the world’s most powerful turbines off the coast of Aberdeen for European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC)
Time-lapse footage of wind turbine installation at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located just off the north east coast of Scotland in Aberdeen Bay.
In May 2018, SBO’s windfarm installation vessel, the Pacific Orca completed the installation of the world’s most powerful turbines off the coast of Aberdeen. The total project capacity of 93.2 MW is projected to provide energy covering 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic use.
The installation of nine V164-8.4 turbines and two V164-8.8 turbines was no easy feat. The complexity of the soil on site led to leg penetrations exceeding 20 metres and the mammoth dimensions of the turbine components made the installation of the turbines extremely difficult. However, it did not deter SBO from resolving the tough challenges on site and completing the project safely and efficiently. Extensive engineering hours were invested to strengthen and reinforce the hull of the vessel, increase the vessel’s jacking capacity from 4,000 to 6,000 tonnes and to mitigate the problem of mud build-up in the spud cans. The investment of funds and time into the upgrading of the vessel has certainly paid off as the project was completed successfully.
Pacific Orca on site at Aberdeen, with the installation of all major components of the first V164-8.8 MW turbine completed. Source: TVP Film and Multimedia Ltd.
Installation of turbines at the MW Galloper Offshore Wind Project
In 2017, the Pacific Orca worked on the installation of 39 SWT-6.0-154 turbines at the 353 MW Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. During the project, Pacific Orca faced extremely complex soil conditions, unprecedented in previous projects that SBO had undertaken. Leg extraction proved to be very highly challenging with the most difficult locations taking multiple days for the process to be completed. Post project, a decision was made to invest in modifications to the vessel’s hull and jacking system based on the lessons learnt. The project provided invaluable experience for SBO and prepared it for future challenges. Over the lifetime of the wind farm, Galloper will generate enough power to meet the needs of approximately 380,700 British households each year. To view the installation process, click here and here.
Installation of monopile foundation and transition pieces at the Gemini Offshore Wind Park
In 2015 and 2016, SBO’s vessel, the Pacific Osprey installed 76 of the 150 monopile foundations and transition pieces at the Gemini Offshore Wind Park located in Dutch waters. Monopile diameters were around seven metres and for the deepest locations, monopile weights exceeded 900 tonnes. The Gemini Offshore Wind Park was notable for the rapid rate of installation and remains one of the fastest installation campaigns completed in the European Offshore Wind Market in terms of days spent per foundation. Swire Blue Ocean worked with Van Oord on site and a high level of coordination between the Pacific Osprey and the Aeolus enabled the extremely efficient installation campaign.
Pacific Osprey loading monopiles on deck.
In 2016, Van Oord again coordinated the operations of the vessels for the installation of the wind turbine generators. The Pacific Osprey was tasked with installing 72 of the 150 SWT-4.0-130 turbines which now generate energy on site. Gemini now produces, with its 600MW of installed capacity, enough energy for approximately 1.5 million people in the Netherlands.
Removal and transportation of AF Decom Platform
In 2015, the Pacific Osprey completed the removal of the topsides and jacket for Equinor’s B11 Platform which was located in the German sector of the North Sea and transporting it to shore. The jacket removal required four lifts of 700 to 800 tonnes. Ten lifts of 200 to 1000 tonnes were completed for the removal of the topside. A total of 9,300 tonnes of steel were removed from the site, of which, 98 percent was recycled. The project was executed using 30 percent less time than the comparable de-commissioning of the H7 platform, which was undertaken by the sister vessel, the Pacific Orca in 2013.
Pacific Osprey working for AF Offshore DECOM on the removal of the B11 Platform.