February 3, 2021
Cadeler wind farm installation ship “O-Klasse” (WIV) (Photo credit: KenzFigee)
The Danish owner of an offshore wind farm installation vessel, Cadeler, has contracted the Dutch company KenzFigee to replace the current offshore deck crane of the lifting vessel Wind Orca in order to prepare it for future demands of the offshore wind market.
KenzFigee will deliver an electrically hydraulically driven Ram Luffing crane with a load capacity of 25 tons (SWL). The KenzFigee Ram Luffing crane is a box boom with an installed base of more than 50 cranes worldwide.
“The limited number of moving parts makes this crane very reliable and the ideal low-maintenance crane for harsh offshore environments,” said KenzFigee.
The crane is expected to be delivered for installation at the end of 2021. After testing and commissioning, the Ram Luffing crane will be operational in early 2022 and ready for its first use on board the Wind Orca.
“KenzFigee is honored to have been selected by Cadeler to supply this crane on one of their O-Class ships and contributes to its strategic decision to consolidate its position as the main supplier to the offshore wind industry. We will support Cadeler with this project and beyond to ensure that this project is the first of many, ”says Jan-Pieter Klaver, CEO of KenzFigee.
“Cadeler looks forward to installing the deck crane on ‘Wind Orca’ and is confident that KenzFigee will deliver an advanced solution that meets our operational needs. The replacement of the current ‘Wind Orca’ deck crane is required to ensure the ship is ready for future wind turbine installation projects that require a crane with improved reach to lift various tools and equipment on deck, ”says Mikkel Gleerup, CEO of Cadeler, known the company until recently as Swire Blue Ocean.
The wind farm installation company is working to equip its ships with new cranes so that they can handle future offshore wind turbine models currently being developed by major manufacturers such as GE and Siemens Gamesa, who are developing wind turbines with a capacity of more than 14 MW.