Wind Osprey

New Deck Crane for Cadeler’s Wind Osprey

Cadeler has purchased the latest-generation Liebherr Ram Luffing Offshore Crane for its O-class wind farm installation vessel (WFIV) Wind Osprey.

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The acquisition is part of the company’s upgrade initiatives through which by early 2024, its O-class vessels will be ready to support the next generation of wind turbines.

According to Liebherr, its RL 2600 deck crane is well positioned to support Wind Osprey’s larger main crane. It was optimised to feature a small tail radius and the absence of machinery housing, which allows it to operate in confined space conditions and environments.

The crane has a lifting capacity of 25 tonnes and a boom length of 45 metres, and will support the installation of wind turbines.

The deck crane will be installed in early 2024 and is the first deck crane delivered directly to Cadeler by Liebherr.

The Wind Osprey’s main crane will also be upgraded. It will feature a lifting capacity of 1,600 metric tonnes at a radius of 40 metres, and a main hook able to reach 160 metres above the main deck.

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“Besides upgrading the lifting capacity of our Windfarm Installation Vessel main cranes to effectively handle larger and heavier wind turbines, we are also upgrading our equipment with innovative features and seeking strategic alliances with companies that will be with us in the long run”, said Jacob Heinricy Jensen, Chief Operations Officer at Cadeler.

“Liebherr fulfils our criteria for innovation, reliability, and service, and we are looking forward to working with them closely on our flagship projects.”

Currently, Wind Osprey is mobilised for the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

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