Wind turbine cranes new from Huisman

By Alex Dahm13 August 2009

Impression of a new Huisman wind turbine erection crane

Impression of a new Huisman wind turbine erection crane

Huisman is expanding its heavy lifting product range with a series of wind turbine installation cranes.

The new products will build on the Netherlands-based lifting, drilling and subsea specialist's experience in the sector.

They are offered in response to increasing demand for customised equipment by the fast growing market for renewables to efficiently install current and future turbines, the company said.

The pedestal and ringer cranes are mainly for jack-up vessels. Features include low construction weight, small footprint and minimal tail swing.

In addition, Huisman cites advantages that include extensive lifting height, small operational minimum radius and the possibility to install the crane around a leg of the jack-up vessel.

Huisman has been developing and manufacturing heavy lifting equipment for more than 30 years and claims world market leadership for heavy lift cranes above 600 tonnes capacity.

Cranes delivered by Huisman and used for wind turbine installation include: the two 800 tonne and one 1,700 tonne A-frames on the heavy lift vessel Rambiz owned by Scaldis; Smit's 1,600 tonne capacity Taklift 4 sheerleg vessel; the 300 tonne cranes onboard Seajacks' Kraken and Leviathan and the 900 tonne capacity cranes onboard Jumbo Offshore's Javelin and Fairplayer.

Two 750 tonne capacity cranes for wind turbine erection are under construction for Master Marine.

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