Power construction giant Huadian Heavy Industries has sealed an agreement to deploy one of China's largest newbuild offshore wind installation vessels that can handle turbines of up to 20MW.

Huadian will charter the 3060 WTIV design vessel for three years from the end of September 2023, with an option for another three years, under a deal with shipowner Boqiang Heavy Industry that reflects expected booming demand in the Chinese offshore wind sector as it passes the UK to become the world's largest by installed capacity.