HEEREMA’S AEGIR EXPERIENCES DROPFALL ACCIDENT OFFSHORE TAIWAN

June 19, 2020

On June 15, at 16:42, Heerema’s heavy lift vessel Aegir experienced a dropfall incident off the coast of Taiwan. There were no injuries as a result of the incident, and no environmental impact has occurred. The piling frame and pin pile have only suffered minimal damage, and the hammer has been retrieved and is back on Aegir’s deck. Work had just started on this project, and currently, foundation installation has been temporarily paused pending investigation. The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown and will be the subject of a thorough investigation.
On April 23, 2020, Heerema Fabrication Group announced the award of the fabrication of the Greater Changhua Pre-Piling Template. Heerema Marine Contractors was assigned the transport and installation of 111 turbine foundations and the installation of two offshore.
The four Greater Changhua wind projects are expected to comprise the biggest wind-power complex in Taiwan and power approximately 2.8 million households in the country, upon completion.
The Aegir is a fast moving DP crane vessel with increased deck space. The shipshape of the Aegir is such designed that she has the highest operability for monohulls. In combination with the DP system it has the possibility to weather vane and assure the installations can be performed under many environmental conditions. The construction vessel is equipped with a 4,000 ton revolving crane.
(Source: Heerema – Image: Aegir installation vessel)