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EU offshore wind vessel to cut turbine installation times

“Milestone” jack up vessel designed to optimise installation and speed up turbine transportation

The jack up vessel is set to speed up installation of offshore wind turbines

EU firms have developed a jack up vessel designed to reduce installation times for offshore wind turbines. The vessel, called INNOVATION, aims to enable fast and efficient wind turbine transportation for upcoming offshore wind projects in Europe.

INNOVATION will be used to transport 80 AREVA M5000 wind turbines for the upcoming project, the Global Tech 1 wind farm in Germany

The 147m long self-elevating vessel is pre-fitted for up to 180 persons and can reach a speed of 22km per hour (12 knots). It can operate in water depths of up to 65m and has cargo capacity up to 8000t. The on board crane can lift weights up to 1500t.

HGO InfraSea Solutions, a joint company of HOCHTIEF Solutions and GeoSea (a company of the Belgian group DEME) built the vessel. German firm AREVA Wind has also been involved in the design process.

AREVA claims the vessel sets a new “milestone” for the company’s comprehensive offer and further strengthens the group’s competitive offshore business model.

Louis-François Durret, CEO of AREVA Renewables, said: “With this new and powerful jack-up vessel, we will be able to offer optimised logistic offshore solutions to our customers. It is designed to optimise installation and reduce on-site installation time.

INNOVATION is a milestone for our business model and strikes the importance of strategic partnerships for offshore industry.”