SAL Heavy Lift Gears Up for Piling Operations Offshore Taiwan
Hamburg-based SAL Heavy Lift has installed a Fly-Jib crane boom extension on MV Lone which will be used on an offshore wind project in Taiwan.
The Fly-Jib extends the crane hook to the height of some 70 metres and can be installed to each of the main crane booms of SAL’s Type 183 vessels.
With a greater lifting height and further outreach, SAL’s Fly-Jib can meet clients demands when units become ever bigger and where one faces requirements to lift long components vertically – e.g. with offshore wind equipment.
According to the company, this is the challenge SAL faces just now with an offshore piling project.
Sune Thorleifsson, Head of Marine Projects at SAL, said: “Our Fly-Jib has long been on our wish list, but when a client recently approached us with the requirement to support on driving piles into the seabed for an offshore wind project, and the piles being so long that it was otherwise not possible to up-end them for installation, we saw
the opportunity to realise this long term dream.''
The AIS data shows that MV Lone is currently in Taichung, Taiwan.
SAL Heavy Lift’s sister company SAL Engineering has worked with the crane maker TTS-NMF to design and develop a Fly-Jib that can suit a wide array of scopes, hence a dismountable and modular design was conceived.
The Fly-Jib is designed to withstand the forces occurring during a sea voyage and can be installed using only the vessels existing cranes.