Bold Tern’s New Crane Commissioned, Ready for 15 MW Offshore Wind Turbines

The new 1,600-tonne Huisman leg encircling crane on board Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s vessel Bold Tern has been commissioned, with the vessel now capable of installing wind turbines of up to 15 MW.

Load testing of the crane was done earlier this month in Singapore, where the vessel was upgraded at Keppel FELS yard.

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Bold Tern arrived in Singapore in September 2021 to be fitted with the new crane and to undergo additional improvements to the deck space and stability.

The crane was placed aboard the vessel this April through a tandem lift by Asian Hercules II and Asian Hercules III.

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According to information from last year, Bold Tern will stay in the APAC region after the upgrade to fulfill Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s contract obligations for the 2022 season. 

The company initiated crane upgrade programme for its three vessels, Bold Tern, Brave Tern, and Blue Tern, in 2020, with the next in line to boost its lifting capacity being Brave Tern, for whose new 1,600-tonne crane Fred. Olsen Windcarrier placed a firm order with the Huisman at the beginning of this year.

Brave Tern is scheduled to get its new crane in 2024.

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