The world's largest offshore wind power installation ship, Longyuan Zhenhua III, was delivered on Friday in Nantong City of east China's Jiangsu Province.
The homemade platform is 100.8 meters long, 43.2 meters wide, 8.4 meters high, which can accommodate 120 people.
On the platform, workers can install and hoist large-scale offshore equipment, and pile wind turbines.
"The lifting capacity of similar platform in Europe is 1,600 tons, but that of this one is 2,000 tons by using double hoisters and 1,500 tons by using a single hoister," said Wu Fusheng, a member of the Chinese Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Moreover, the platform is forwarding thinking in its design and can install more advanced wind turbine generators which have larger installed capacity.
"The installed capacity of offshore wind turbine generator in China is generally about five to six megawatts, but that of the turbines that can be lifted up by this platform can reach eight to 10 megawatts, so we have been ready for the future," said Dai Wenkai, vice president of the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd., manufacturer of the platform.
It is learned that the platform has a maximum underwater working depth of 50 meters and can save more than 20 percent of construction cost compared with other platforms.
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