Offshore equipment supplier Osbit has secured a contract with Seajacks to design and build a monopile upending bucket, to be used for turbine installation projects
The system will initially support the development of the large-scale, bottom-fixed Akita and Noshiro offshore windfarms in Akita Prefecture, which is being developed by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation with Kajima Corporation as the project’s EPCI contractor.
The monopile upending tool will be installed on Seajacks Zaratan and has been optimised to suit the monopile diameter for the project.
The pile upending system will be mounted on self-propelled modular transporters to extend the capacity of the vessel’s existing 800-tonne crane, enabling more efficient offshore pile driving.
A simple and robust control system has been incorporated into the design, in response to the need for reliable performance in a high-pressure offshore environment.
Key components for the Osbit design will be manufactured in the UK, with final assembly taking place in Singapore, to suit client requirements. The project is underway, and delivery is planned for Q1 2021.
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