Offshore wind turbines are getting taller and heavier, which means bigger challenges for their installation and maintenance. With a new 1600t crane, jack-up vessel Bold Tern will soon be ready to lift the future ambitions of wind farm developers worldwide.
Across the world, wind farm developers and operators have relied upon FOWIC’s fleet of jack-up installation vessels and expert crews to install and maintain many of the offshore wind farms that are powering our lives today.
However, when these vessels were built in 2012 and 2013, they were designed to carry and lift the 3.6MW turbines in use at the time. Today, turbines have grown to be far larger and heavier, and plans for the installation of turbines up to 15MW are already in place. While this means greater efficiency for electricity generation, their size and weight present a serious challenge in terms of transportation, installation, and maintenance.
As a result, the decision was made to install a new 1600t LEC 65500 leg encircling crane on board Bold Tern – a development our customers have universally welcomed. The new crane will be the highest in the market upon arrival, making the vessel one of the few in the world capable of installing the latest generation wind turbines. FOWIC has worked closely with Huisman, the crane supplier, to ensure the crane has the right specifications and features to meet the industry’s needs for many years to come.