PALFINGER Marine, an international manufacturer of hydraulic lifting, loading and handling systems, has been named the preferred supplier for 71 of its PF14000-4.5 LDB fixed jib cranes to support the construction of the Fécamp offshore wind farm project between 13 km and 20 km from the French one Normandy coast.
During the installation and commissioning of the Fécamp wind turbines, the PALFINGER cranes lift materials and tools from a supply ship to the storage area of the transition deck. In addition, the cranes are used for routine inspections and service work throughout the life of the turbines. PALFINGER has determined that, in addition to the low maintenance and service requirements, the cranes can also be operated during emergency evacuations.
“The Fécamp offshore wind farm project offered an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up,” says Nikolaj Bæk Rosenkrantz, wind sales manager at PALFINGER. “Winning this project opened PALFINGER’s door to the French offshore wind market and significantly strengthened our presence in the European offshore wind industry. We held close dialogues, fully exploited our synergies and worked on solutions that perfectly meet the customer’s requirements. ”
In addition to the 71 fixed jib davits, PALFINGER will deliver two PTM600-20 m telescopic jib cranes to the O&M base of the offshore wind farm to load materials and equipment to and from Crew Transfer Tranships (CTVs) to unload.
As soon as PALFINGER won the Fécamp offer, preparations began for the delivery of the cranes. The first batch is expected to be delivered in May. Fécamp is expected to start operations in 2023.