MacGregor wins offshore wind farm contract

8 September 2022

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been chosen to supply two auxiliary offshore telescopic cranes for Van Oord’s generation wind turbine installation vessel. The vessel will mainly operate to support European wind farms, scheduled for delivery in Q3, 2023.

The vessel is being built by Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore and is a new generation of wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV). The 175-meter offshore installation vessel will be purpose-built for the transport and installation of foundations and turbines at offshore wind farms.

The main crane lifting capacity is more than 3,000 tons. The vessel has an advanced jacking system. Four giant legs, each measuring 126 meters in length, allow the vessel to be jacked up and work in waters up to 70 meters deep. It is considered to be one of largest WTIV vessels in the world in terms of overall dimensions, jacking capacity and lifting capabilities.

MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses two auxiliary offshore telescopic cranes, which are used to support the cargo and load handling during the installation of wind turbines in the offshore environment, and are equipped with an anti-collision system. The systems and equipment have a long track record of reliability. All products are proven extensively in stringent offshore environments.

“These offshore telescopic cranes are customized according to the ship owner’s requirements, with high lifting performance and long outreach but very compact and robust design to meet the stringent offshore requirements. We are confident MacGregor will take special care to ensure the highest standards in quality control and the on-time delivery to our project,” said Sun Shiyan, director, Supply Chain Management Center, Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard.

"MacGregor is delighted to have been selected to supply deck handling solutions to Van Oord’s WTIV. Our involvement at an early stage in this project, combined with our extensive experience in turnkey supply, enables us to provide reliable and efficient solutions, even in the most demanding projects,” added Jan Erik Pedersen, senior VP, Offshore Solutions Division, MacGregor.