Pacific Hornbill supports construction of Greater Changhua

17 Aug 2021

International Ocean Group (IOG), a Taiwanese marine engineering group, has partnered with Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), one of the world’s leading offshore marine services suppliers, to bring the Pacific Hornbill, a Platform Supply Vessel, to Taiwan to support construction of the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms.

Pacific Hornbill (IMO: 9579119), is one of four H Class assets in SPO’s fleet of offshore support vessels and was built in Japan in 2012 by Japan Marine United (JMU). Pacific Hornbill is designed with ample tank capacities, clear deck space of 1,000 m2, as well as an advanced dynamic positioning system, making her highly suited for a variety of platform supply duties and ancillary logistical requirements.

Pacific Hornbill’s work on the wind farms marks the first stage of collaboration between SPO and IOG to provide marine engineering services to the offshore wind industry in Taiwan, where the long term goal is to jointly bring more world-class offshore supply vessels (OSVs), like Pacific Hornbill, to the market. With SPO’s strong global marine engineering capabilities and IOG’s local experience, both parties are focused on, and committed to, delivering safe and reliable services of the highest quality to Taiwan’s growing offshore wind market.

“We’re extremely excited to bring Pacific Hornbill to Taiwan to participate in the Greater Changhua projects, Taiwan’s first large scale and far-shore wind farms,” said IOG’s CEO, Vincent Tsai. IOG’s Chief Operating Officer, Ethan Wang, adding that “Bringing world-class vessel assets into the Taiwan market is something we’ve already done with our CTV fleet and we’re delighted to do the same with the OSVs now.”

International Ocean Group (IOG)

International Ocean Group (IOG) is an offshore wind power service group in Taiwan, offering integrated services across multiple sectors. IOG consists of several business units, including IOVTEC, CWind Taiwan and Fugro IOVTEC. With an aim to take real action to build the local offshore wind farm industry supply chain in Taiwan. Through cross-disciplinary cooperation, IOG’s services cover marine and geotechnical surveys, construction support, O&M services, subsea cable solutions, vessel charters and talent cultivation. IOG’s track record of extends to completed work scopes on every offshore wind farm under construction in Taiwan. IOG currently owns 10 Taiwan-flagged vessels, including offshore working vessels and Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV).

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO)

Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) is a leading marine services provider with a network that spans the globe. Operating for more than 45 years, SPO has become a trusted name in the offshore marine services industry. SPO has operated in Singapore since 1975 and moved its headquarters there in 1992. SPO is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited. In line with its vision, “Excellence in Offshore Marine Services”, strong emphasis is placed on health and safety, the environment and sustainable development. Swire has been active in the Greater China region for over 150 years and the Group has a substantial presence in Taiwan. Five of SPO’s OSV fleet are currently operating on Taiwan windfarm projects, including the recently reflagged Pacific Hornbill. SPO and its subsidiaries operate vessels in every major offshore market outside of USA and have more than 20 offices worldwide.