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08 Apr 2024

Norwind Offshore Orders Seaonics' Fully-Electric Crane CSOV Newbuild

(Credit: Seaonics)

Norwegian offshore-wind focused vessel owner Norwind Offshore has placed an order for a stand-alone fully electric crane from Seaonics for its newbuild vessel Norwind Helm.The order is for an ECMC 7t-3D crane, and follows the delivery of Seaonics' first electric gangway system to Norwind Hurricane commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV) in March 2024.The crane is to be installed in connection with the delivery of the newbuild from Vard Brattvaag end of November 2024 and…

21 Mar 2024

Rem Offshore Places Order for Next-Gen Subsea Construction Vessel

Rendering of Rem Offshore's ESCV (Credit: Rem Offshore)

Norway-based offshore vessel owner Rem Offshore and shipbuilder Myklebust Verft have signed a contract for the construction of an Energy Subsea Construction Vessel (ESCV) with a 250-tonne crane.The vessel will be delivered in 2026 and will be the first of its kind that can perform heavy construction work in both offshore wind and subsea with net zero emissions, according to Rem Offshore.The contract also contains an option to build one more vessel, the company confirmed.The vessel will be equipped with dual-fuel methanol engines in combination with battery packs.

12 Mar 2024

Huisman to Supply Two Subsea Cranes for Toyo’s New Cable Layer

Toyo's VARD 9 15 design CLV with Huisman cranes (Credit: Huisman)

Dutch company Huisman has secured a contract to supply two subsea cranes for Toyo Construction’s new cable laying vessel (CLV), being built by Norwegian shipbuilder Vard.The contract Huisman signed with Vard is for the delivery of full electric 250 mt Hybrid Boom Subsea Crane, and a 100 mt Knuckle Boom Crane that will be integrated into Toyo’s CLV newbuild.The purpose-built VARD 9 15 design is expected to advance capabilities for cable-laying and turbine foundation installation works in the Japanese offshore wind sector.Designed to meet the specific Toyo’s requirements and preferences of Toyo…

07 Mar 2024

MacGregor Gets Large Crane Order for Prysmian’s New Cable Layer

Vard cable layer for Prysmian (Credit: Vard)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a large order for three cranes that will be installed onboard a new cable laying vessel (CLV) being built for Prysmian by shipbuilder Vard.MacGregor will deliver a 100-tonne active heave-compensated (AHC) crane, a 20T Offshore crane and a 3T deck crane to Prysmian, to equip the Italian owner’s third NB970 CLV from Vard.The crane supply scheduled for the third quarter of 2025.In addition, MacGregor has been contracted to supply its OnWatch solution…

06 Mar 2024

NOV's Telescopic Leg Crane Wins Two Industry Awards

Source: NOV

NOV’s telescopic leg crane has recently received recognition for its exceptional contribution to the offshore industry. At the Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Industry Gala Dinner & Awards on February 7, the crane won the OSJ Innovation of the Year Award 2024, acknowledging its significant impact on offshore support vessel design, build, and operational aspects over the past year, marking a milestone for the heavy lift industry.This award follows another win at the Maritime Awards Gala on November 6…

15 Feb 2024

NOV Bags Order for Industry's First Electric Subsea Crane

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NOV reports its Lifting & Handling group has sold what is said to be the industry’s first-ever electric subsea crane. The order was booked at the end of 2023 with an undisclosed client in Europe, NOV said.The first-of-its-kind crane offers enhanced efficiency compared to electro-hydraulic cranes, helping lead to reduced vessel emissions, the manufacturer said, adding that the design allows for the recovery of potential energy from loads lowered to the seabed, supporting onboard use or storage.In addition…

23 Jan 2024

INEOS FPS Picks Liebherr’s RL 650 Offshore Crane for Unity Platform

The Unity Platform (Photo supplied by Liebherr)

INEOS Forties Pipeline System (FPS) has selected Liebherr for the supply of a new Ram Luffing (RL) series offshore crane for its Unity Platform in the UK North Sea.After more than 30 years of service, the currently installed RL crane on the Unity Platform has run its course, and will be replaced by Liebherr’s RL 650 technology.The RL 650 crane, said to be particularly suitable for a Not Permanently Attended Installation (NPAI), will fulfil all material handling for the offshore platform…

11 Dec 2023

Major Upgrade for Van Oord's Heavy-lift Installation Ship

Image courtesy Van Oord

Van Oord’s heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen will receive a major upgrade. Among other improvements, the gantry crane will be extended by 25 meterss, making the vessel ready to handle the next generation of monopile foundations for offshore wind projects.The extension of the gantry crane, the most eye-catching upgrade, makes the Svanen one of the largest heavy-lift installation vessels worldwide.The extension, weighing 1200 tonnes, will be constructed by Holland Shipyards and installed using a 200-meter-high Mammoet crane.

27 Nov 2023

KenzFigee Secures Contract from Aker Solutions

Source: KenzFigee

Lifting specialist KenzFigee has signed a contract with Aker Solutions for the supply of an offshore pedestal crane destined for the Norfolk Vanguard West offshore wind farm developed by Vattenfall.The delivery involves an electric hydraulic box boom offshore Ram Luffing 2400 type with a SWL of 20t, designed and manufactured by KenzFigee for installation on the Norfolk Vanguard high-voltage, direct current converter station situated off the coast of Norfolk, UK.The crane is designed and verified in accordance with EN13852-1 and certified to DNVGL-ST-0378 lifting requirements…

23 Nov 2023

Hapo Acquires 1,200-Ton Cranes from Cadeler's Wind Installation Vessels

Credit: Hapo

Hapo International Barges has acquired cranes recently removed from Cadeler's Wind Orca and the Wind Osprey offshore wind installation vessels from Cadeler.These 1,200-ton cranes had to be replaced with even larger cranes for Cadeler to be able to install the next generation of wind turbines. The cranes are each capable of lifting 1200 t with a boom length of 115 m."For Hapo [this is] an excellent opportunity to further strengthen its position in the heavy-lift barge market.On November 1, 2023, the second crane was handed over on the bridge of the Wind Osprey following a technical inspection.

24 Oct 2023

Huisman Launches Upgraded Crane Range for Enhanced Safety and Efficiency in Offshore Subsea Construction

Credit: Huisman

Dutch offshore crane maker Huisman launched a renewed series of subsea Knuckle Boom Cranes for the use in the offshore subsea construction market."With this new series, the company’s portfolio has been adapted to the latest trends in offshore construction vessels with respect to energy efficiency, automation, and safety," Huisman said.According to Huisman, the new, series includes models starting from 85mt up to 350mt and cover both setups with a winch below deck as well as on the back of the crane.Water depths up to 3…

20 Sep 2023

MacGregor to Supply 40 Cargo Cranes for 10 Asia-built Vessels

Credit: MacGregor

Dech machinery specialist MacGregor, part of Cargotec, said Wednesday it had received a significant, more than EUR 25 million order for general cargo cranes for ten 84,500 dwt multipurpose vessels built in Asia.The order includes a total of 40 cranes with a lifting capacity of 75 tons. The cranes are scheduled to be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2024 and the first quarter of 2026.The company did not say who the client was.

08 Sep 2023

Failure to Maintain Crane Barge Led to $6 Million Loss

The towing vessel Karen Koby (left) and crane barge Ambition (right) are pictured before the capsizing and sinking. (Credit: LA Carriers (left) and Rigid Constructors (right))

A barge owner’s lack of inspection and maintenance led to the capsizing and sinking of a crane barge last year in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.The crane barge Ambition was being towed when it capsized and sank on June 15, 2022, releasing an estimated 1,980 gallons of oil. No injuries were reported. The Ambition, owned by Rigid Constructors, and its crane were a total loss estimated at $6.3 million.Due to the height of the crane, the Ambition was being towed offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to reach its destination.

30 Aug 2023

"You're gonna need a bigger crane..."

Jan De Nul's Voltaire jack-up sporting Huisman's largest delivered LEC to date.
Credit: Jan De Nul (File image)

Offshore wind turbines are reaching new heights both literally (meters), and figuratively (megawatts). As the demand for larger turbines surges, so do the challenges faced by offshore installation contractors, which need to come up with bigger vessels, and, consequentially, bigger cranes for those vessels.When I took on the assignment to produce a piece focusing on heavy-lifting cranes and deck machinery for OE, I immediately thought of Huisman as a company best suited for coverage in this space…

25 Aug 2023

Port of Savannah Takes Delivery of More Ship-to-Shore Cranes

Source: Georgia Ports

The US Port of Savannah has taken delivery of four Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, upgrading the crane fleet to 34 machines at Garden City Terminal after four older cranes are retired and recycled.Along with the completion of our project to improve Berth 1, these cranes will help deliver faster turn times to our ocean carrier customers, including the largest vessels calling on the U.S. East Coast, said Griff Lynch, Georgia Ports Authority president and CEO. “No other terminal in the nation can bring more cranes to bear…

03 Jul 2023

HLP's Jacket Loading Approach Promises up to 60% Reduction in Offshore Wind Farm Logistics Costs

According to HLP, by combining a flat deck carrier to load multiple jackets with HLP’s new ring crane concept, offshore wind project developers could cut deployment costs by 60% - Credit: HLP

Adopting a new approach to marshaling and load-out of wind farm jackets could cut logistics costs for project developers by as much as 60%, according to Heavy Lift Projects (HLP).HLP is an offshore wind farm logistics firm set up in 2021 to "to bring a fresh approach to offshore wind farm logistics at a time when the equipment and expertise needed to meet the boom in installation is being stretched by a lack of capacity."In a statement on Monday, HLP said:"Until now, developers…

06 Jun 2023

Ulmatec to Deliver Gangway for Another Jones Act Offshore Wind Vessel


Norway-based gangway supplier Ulmatec has secured a contract to supply a 32-meter motion-compensated gangway and logistics support systems for the next US-built Jones Act service operation vessel.This 260-foot vessel will be built for Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) by North American Shipbuilding, an ECO affiliate. The vessel is a sister design to the “ECO Edison,” the first U.S.-built Jones Act service operation vessel (SOV), and will feature spacious cabins and facilities for 60 technicians. It will serve the growing offshore wind industry in the U.S.

04 May 2023

Huisman Launches Digital Portal for Equipment Owners

Source: Huisman

Huisman has launched myHuisman©, an online client portal which offers equipment owners a parts shop, a knowledge base and a technical library.Huisman developed the system in co-creation with its clients Fred. Olsen, Van Oord, amongst others.The parts shop allows equipment owners to browse their equipment. It offers a practical breakdown structure in which all available parts can be ordered.The knowledge base includes a ticket system which allows equipment owners to prioritise requests for Huisman.

25 Jul 2023

Huisman to Deliver 3,000mt+ Crane for Havfram Wind's New WTIV


Dutch crane maker Huisman has won a contract from offshore wind installation contractor Havfram Wind for the delivery of a 3,000mt+ Leg Encircling Crane for its second NG-20000X Wind Turbine Installation Vessel. The crane contract news comes just a day after Havfram Wind said it had ordered the WTIV from China's CIMC Raffles.Also, Huisman's contract follows an earlier order in December 2022 for an identical crane to be installed on the first vessel.The full electric LEC will be…

16 Mar 2023

Rebuild, Reuse, Recycle: Norwegian Yard Completes Two Retrofit Projects for Brazilian Offshore Vessel Owner

©Green Yard Kleven

Norway's Green Yard Kleven has completed and delivered two retrofit projects for the Brazilian shipowner Oceanica. Oceanicasub Vlll and Oceanicasub lX have been rebuilt from offshore supply vessels to advanced offshore vessels for ROV- and crane operations."Both rebuilding projects were largely based on reused equipment and focused on sustainability at the request of the shipowner, which is very relevant to our activity. Our experience from both new buildings, retrofit, and recycling of ships came in handy in the projects…

24 Feb 2023

Crane for US-built WTIV Charybdis Heads to Texas

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The crane for the first ever U.S.-built wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) is on its way to America.The 2,200mt Huisman leg encircling crane has been loaded onto BigLift Shipping's Happy Star for shipment to the Keppel AmFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be installed on Charybdis, a WTIV being built for Blue Ocean Energy Marine, a Dominion Energy company. The heavy lift ship recently left China, according to AIS ship tracking data.Once delivered, Huisman North America…

22 Feb 2023

Lack of Spotter Led to Crane Toppling Off Barge -NTSB

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An incident involving a crane toppling off a barge in Virginia could have been avoided if a spotter was present to notice the crane being driven too far aft, and the cable system securing the crane to the barge failed, according to a recent report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).While working on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project near Norfolk on February 8, 2022, an onboard crawler crane fell off the construction barge Carolyn Skaves and into Willoughby Bay. The crane was later recovered and declared an insurance loss of nearly $2 million.

09 Feb 2023

US Coast Guard Enforces Safety Zone for Historic Crane Import

The U.S. Coast Guard will enforce a temporary safety zone in the Savannah River on Thursday for the import of the largest gauge ship-to-shore cranes in U.S. history.The Coast Guard said its captain of the Port Savannah would establish a safety zone during the import of the cranes to ensure the safety and security of the public and all vessels in the channel. The safety zone is expected to take place from 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Feb. 9.No Vessel Permitted in Safety Zone"Vessels are not permitted to enter into, transit through, moor, or anchor within 1,500 feet of the motor vessel Biglift Baffin. No vessels will be permitted in the safety zone 30 minutes prior to…