Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner is set to become technical manager of Wind Lift I. The company’s Offshore Department headed by Robert Fowler will be responsible for managing the jack-up vessel starting from April.
Wind Lift I, built in 2010 at Western Shipyard in Klaipėda, Lithuania, is owned by Ocean Breeze Energy. The vessel has been in operation in wind installation and maintenance since 2010.
The 93.86m long and 36m wide offshore wind construction vessel uses dynamic positioning (DP) system, which allows for fast and efficient location moves without the need for tugs, Harren & Partner pointed out. The four legs have a high-performance fast hydraulic jacking system, and the diagonal pre-loading allows for easy, fast and secure installation. The basic design (NG-5300), jacking system and 500 t heavy duty/high outreach offshore crane were supplied by GustoMSC. The fully-equipped cabin block can accommodate up to 50 people.
“This state-of-the-art vessel represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions,” said Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of Harren & Partner. “Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel.”
Felderhoff also highlighted the high efficiency of Wind Lift I: “We have a first-class cooperation between the marine crew and the client. A major component exchange takes us an average of just 16 hours to complete.”