Chinese wind giant Goldwind began construction of its first offshore turbine installation vessel as it prepares for a deployment boom in China’s seas.

With a capability to handle turbines of 20MW of more, Goldwind claimed the giant ship will “accelerate the industrialisation of ultra-large offshore wind power equipment” and “significantly improve the lifting efficiency of turbine components while reducing the construction cost”.

The vessel and its 1,600-tonne main crane can operate in waters up to 70-metres of depth and will have “the largest variable load capacity and turbine storage capacity in China”, according to Goldwind, which will deploy it into a market that could see annual installations as high as 17GW by 2025.