by Tina Olivero

    Mammoet’s Massive Crane Overcomes Challenges in Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Project

    As wind turbines evolve to generate more renewable energy, their components become larger and heavier, demanding upgrades in equipment for installation and maintenance. Learn how Mammoet, in collaboration with GustoMSC and Cadeler, tackled the replacement of leg cranes on offshore wind farm installation vessels to support next-gen turbines.

    The Challenge of Crane Replacements for Offshore Wind Farms

    Offshore wind farms play a crucial role in the renewable energy landscape, and as technology advances, the demand for larger and more efficient turbines grows. However, installing and maintaining these next-generation turbines require specialized equipment capable of handling heavier and bulkier components.

    Mammoet’s Unique Solution with Electric Leg Cranes

    Mammoet, a leader in heavy lifting and transport solutions, undertook the task of replacing leg cranes on two offshore wind farm installation jack-up vessels, Wind Orca and Wind Osprey. Collaborating with GustoMSC and Cadeler, Mammoet deployed fully electric leg cranes with a remarkable lifting capacity of 1,600t, specifically designed for next-gen turbines exceeding 14MW in capacity.

    The Role of Mammoet’s Colossal PTC210-DS Crane

    The success of the project hinged on Mammoet’s PTC210-DS crane, renowned for its colossal size and versatility. Despite its massive dimensions, this crane boasts a small footprint, making it ideal for operations in confined spaces. Its ability to operate in luffing jib mode and 360-degree slewing ensured maximum working area, crucial for complex projects like this.

    Optimizing Safety and Efficiency in Project Execution

    Safety and efficiency were paramount throughout the project. Mammoet’s decision to construct the PTC210-DS crane in its own yard allowed for simultaneous servicing of both vessels, optimizing the schedule and minimizing risks. Rigorous safety assessments, including soil surveys and load tests, ensured a secure working environment despite the challenging conditions.

    Overcoming Height and Space Constraints

    Managing space and height constraints posed significant challenges during the crane replacement. Mammoet’s engineers had to navigate the bustling quay while lifting components to a height of 73 meters above the ground. Jacking up the vessels was necessary to mitigate collision risks and ensure smooth operations, requiring meticulous planning and execution.

    A Testament to Collaboration and Innovation

    The successful collaboration between Mammoet, GustoMSC, and Cadeler exemplifies the spirit of innovation and partnership driving the renewable energy industry forward. As work on Wind Orca and Wind Osprey continues, Mammoet’s contribution stands as a testament to its commitment to delivering smarter, safer, and stronger solutions to complex challenges.

    In the dynamic landscape of renewable energy, companies like Mammoet play a pivotal role in enabling the deployment of next-generation technologies. Through innovative solutions and strategic partnerships, Mammoet continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible, driving the transition towards a sustainable energy future.

    Sources: www.mammoet.com

    Tina Olivero

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