Offshore wind installation company Cadeler has confirmed it is to replace the main crane on its vessel Wind Osprey
In December 2021, the company signed a contract with NOV to install a new crane on its vessel Wind Orca. That contract included an option for delivery of a crane for Wind Osprey.
The new and improved cranes meet the future requirements of the offshore wind market.
The crane on Wind Osprey is due to replaced from Q4 2023 and will be completed in conjunction with the crane replacement on Wind Orca, due to be completed in Q1 2024.
Cadeler chief executive Mikkel Gleerup said the crane upgrades show the company is “delivering on its promise to keep its fleet of vessels ready for future demands that call for even larger cranes with higher specifications.”
At the time that the contract was placed in December 2020, Cadeler said the total cost of replacing both cranes was US$102M, including decommissioning the old cranes. It said the cost would be financed using the company’s cash flow.
The new cranes will have a lifting capacity of 1,600 tonnes at a radius of 40 m, with the main hook at a height of 159.7 m above the main deck.
This is a substantial upgrade of the vessels’ capacity today – 1,200 tonnes lifting capacity at a radius of 31 m – and will enable installation of next-generation offshore wind turbines.
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