German JV orders windfarm installation vessel at Crist shipyardVessel & ROV News // October 15, 2010
A joint venture between Hochtief Construction and the project and heavy lift carrier Beluga Shipping has commissioned the construction of a specialised jack-up vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines from Polish shipyard Crist. The vessel is due to enter service in 2012. The vessel will also be used by Hochtief for offshore construction projects.
Henner Mahlstedt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hochtief Construction said: "There is huge interest from market players. We are therefore considering the construction of a second jack-up vessel.”
“With this state-of-the-art jack-up vessel we will be able to significantly reduce the assembly and servicing times required for latest-generation offshore wind turbines, thus hugely increasing productivity,” said Niels Stolberg, President and CEO of Beluga Shipping. “The installation of wind turbines at sea will thus become safer, more efficient and cheaper.”
The vessel will have a loading capacity of 8,000 tonnes and 1,500 tonne crane.