Huisman Crane for Van Oord’s Giant Jack-Up

Huisman has been awarded a contract from Van Oord for the delivery of a Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) for its new offshore installation vessel.

Source: Van Oord

This crane will be the largest Leg Encircling Crane that Huisman has developed to date in terms of lifting capacity, boom length, installed power, and technical features, the Netherlands-based provider of step changing technical solutions said.

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Over the past years, Huisman has has sign a high demand for this type of heavy lift crane for the installation of increasingly large wind turbines.

Its lightweight, yet robust design, high level of reliability and limited tail swing makes the LEC highly suitable for the construction of offshore wind farms, the company said.

Thanks to its fully electrically driven system, the crane has a low energy consumption and thus contributes to the reduced CO2 footprint of Van Oord’s new offshore installation vessel, according to Huisman.   

Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, said: ”This investment prepares us for the increase in scale in the offshore wind industry and allows us to maintain our leadership position. The crane to be delivered by Huisman will support us to achieve that target.”

For this project, Huisman will implement the same technology on drive systems and slewing bearings as used for the LECs that the company has been delivering to the offshore wind market, like Van Oord’s Aeolus.

The scope of work for Huisman consists of the design, engineering and construction of the crane at its production facility in Zhangzhou, China. The crane will be delivered and integrated in close cooperation with the vessel’s designer Knud E Hansen at Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard in China, scheduled for 2023.

”We are very proud of this order from Van Oord, who has been a frontrunner in the offshore wind industry since 2002. We fully support their ambition to make offshore wind a more competitive energy source and are grateful for their trust in us to build our largest LEC to date. With this contract, we can build on the success of the 1,600mt LEC for the Aeolus and once again show our commitment to work on continuous product improvement and new technical solutions,” David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman, said.

Photo: Van Oord