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The company announced that the cranes that are building the foundations of the Fécamp wind farm will carry anti-collision systems from AMCS Technologies.

Located between 13 and 22 km from the Normandy coast, the project will consist of 71 wind turbines connected by gravity foundations to the seabed at a depth of up to 30 m.

These concrete structures are installed with 18 Potain tower cranes, 16 of which (MR 608) work on four parallel tracks.

Due to the high risk of collision with four cranes of the same height traveling on each track, the consortium responsible for the foundations – consisting of Royal Boskalis Westminster, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Saipem – has introduced AMCS technology throughout the fleet, including two MDT 349s Top-slewing cranes.

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The DCS 61-S system offers real-time detection of the risk of collision across all moving elements of the crane and calculates the distances between the parts as well as the speed and direction of movement in 3D. If a potential collision is detected, the system intervenes to first slow down the machine or machines and finally bring them to a standstill at a safe distance.

Crane operators can – again in real time – see the position of their crane in relation to neighboring machines and have all safe working parameters visually displayed.

After the successful establishment of the anti-collision system, AMCS expects to implement additional technologies on site in the course of 2021.