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    Vanoord - Investing in the future, Major Crane upgrade for offshore installation vessel Aeolus


    September 29, 2022 - ENP Newswire

     

      Rotterdam - Van Oord's offshore installation vessel Aeolus will get a major crane upgrade.

      By installing a new, longer boom on Aeolus' existing crane, the vessel will be ready to handle the newest generation up to 15 MW turbines for offshore wind projects. Van Oord decided to upgrade the Aeolus to ensure that the vessel remains competitive in a rapidly changing market and, in particular, the increase in turbines sizes.

      The new 133m long boom is being designed and built by Huisman. The Aeolus will be fit for duty with the new boom as from early 2023. The vessel will then be capable of installing the new generation 12-15MW turbines while maintaining its lifting capacity of 1,600t for foundation installations.

      New building in full swing The modification plan of the Aeolus fits in the strategy of Van Oord which is aimed to continuously invest in state-of-the-art sustainable technology. To keep delivering innovative solutions to the rapidly growing offshore wind industry, Van Oord also invested in a new offshore installation vessel, Boreas and a cable-laying vessel, Calypso.

      Mega jack-up vessel Boreas Boreas is currently being built in China can operate on methanol and install wind turbines capable of up to 20 MW with a low carbon footprint. The vessel will be 175- metre long and can lift more than 3,000 tonnes. In August the steel cutting ceremony was performed and construction is running on schedule. Boreas is expected to enter the market in 2024.

      Green cable-laying vessel Calypso Calypso will be operational next year. This new DP2 vessel will be equipped with a below-deck cable carousel and a second carousel on deck, with total cable-carrying capacity of 8,000 tonnes. Apart from the ability to run on biofuel, this hybrid vessel has future-fuel ready engines with built-in flexibility to anticipate e-fuels. It will have a large battery pack, a shore supply connection and a state-of-the-art energy management system.

      With 20 years' proven experience and an impressive track record in constructing offshore wind projects, Van Oord is leading the way in the transition towards renewable energy. With our safety standards, innovative solutions, our employees' knowledge and expertise, and specialised offshore wind equipment, we are significantly contributing to making wind energy more competitive.

      Contact:

      Marjolein Boer

      Tel: +31 88 8268609

      Fax: +31 6 21344973

      Email: press@vanoord.com

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