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

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

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

Due to the risk of collision, the consortium responsible for the foundations – consisting of Royal Boskalis Westminster, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Saipem – introduced AMCS technology for the entire fleet, including two MDT 349 slewing cranes.

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

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

After the successful establishment of the anti-collision system, AMCS expects the implementation of further technologies on site in 2021.