Taihan subsea cables go for RoRo

When it comes to transporting subsea cables, WW Ocean’s regular RoRo services help Korean manufacturer Taihan to meet the tight schedules of the offshore wind industry.

Taihan subsea cable drums on a roll trailer

The global market for offshore wind energy shows little sign of slowing down, even in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

For companies like Korean manufacturer Taihan, which supplies a range of global energy projects with essential subsea cables, keeping up with industry demand is critical. Without a regular supply of cables to connect offshore wind farms to the onshore energy grid, many projects would simply grind to a halt.

Taihan subsea cable drums (9)

The subsea cable drums are carefully placed and secured on roll trailers, where they remain for the entire voyage.

Taihan subsea cable drums (33)

RoRo is well suited to transporting such sensitive loads, as with these giant drums.

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The large drums are carefully secured.

Taihan subsea cable drums (12)

Rather than lift the drums onto the vessel, WW Ocean provides 40ft roll trailers to roll the cables on and off the vessel.

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WW Ocean has helped Taihan to see the value of RoRo, giving them peace of mind that their products will arrive on time and damage-free.

Having a robust supply chain in place is crucial, and that’s why Taihan uses WW Ocean’s RoRo service for regular shipments of subsea cables from the port of Masan in Korea to North America.

“Keeping on track with our project schedules in the US is crucial,” explains S. H. Lee, project manager at Taihan. “The US is one of our key markets and in comparison to conventional carriers, WW Ocean’s competitive Asia to North America schedule means we benefit from timely and damage-free delivery of our products.”

Powering through in a crisis

Despite the Covid-19 crisis, offshore wind projects are continuing to be constructed, so the onus is on Taihan to deliver these components to schedule – and overcome any challenges along the way.

For example, during a recent arrival in North America, Taihan had difficulty delivering their cable drums to the end customer as inland trucking was in limited supply.

“As the storage of products in the terminal had to be extended, WW Ocean supported Taihan by increasing the amount of free time the customer had access to roll trailer equipment,” says WW Ocean sales representative Kyuil Chun. “Constant communication with Taihan has enabled us to provide solutions to problems as and when they arise.

“Our competitive schedule is particularly attractive to Taihan,” he adds. “Staying agile and keeping the customer up-to-date with our sailings and capacity, especially in the current circumstances, has also been key in establishing a relationship built on trust.”

Safety first with RoRo

Of course, a reliable sailing schedule is only one piece of the puzzle. Given the high value and delicate nature of offshore wind products, quality is also paramount, and RoRo is well suited to transporting such sensitive loads, as with these giant drums.

“Even the slightest damage could render a whole cable drum ineffective,” explains Kyuil, who adds that rather than lift the drums onto the vessel, WW Ocean provides 40ft roll trailers to carefully roll the cables on and off the vessel.

“Initially the customer wasn’t aware of the handling benefits RoRo can deliver over more conventional shipping methods. Our team has helped them to see the value of such a solution – one which gives them peace of mind that their products will arrive on time and damage-free.”

Taihan

Founded in 1955, South Korean wire producer Taihan manufactures a wide range of cables used in the power generation and communications industries. Its subsea cables are used to connect offshore wind farms to the onshore electricity grid at wind farm projects across the world, including in the key US and Middle Eastern markets.

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