This morning, Van Oord’s subsea rock installation vessel Bravenes left Alexiahaven on Maasvlakte 2 for the open sea. The vessel visited the port basin yesterday evening to perform a number of trials. Bravenes is the latest addition to the marine contractor’s fleet. It is a one-of-a-kind vessel, since it is able to install rocks using three different methods.
Besides installing rock using the traditional method of a fall pipe through the moon pool, the Bravenes can also install rock via a fall pipe over the side or via a tremie pipe. The latter method allows the vessel to install rock very close to offshore platforms – near the foundation piles of an offshore wind turbine, for example.
The Bravenes was built at the Zhejiang Shipyard in Ningbo, China, and floated in December 2016. Over the past few months, the new vessel could be found docked in Schiedam for installation work and fitting-out. In three weeks’ time, the Bravenes will return to Rotterdam for a festive christening on Whit Monday 21 May. This event will take place near the Cruise Terminal on Wilhelminakade in the presence of various invitees.
Van Oord will be seizing the opportunity to celebrate its 150th anniversary.