Cadeler (formerly Swire Blue Ocean) has contracted NOV to install a new crane on the windfarm installation vessel Wind Orca.
The new crane is expected to have a lifting capacity of 1,600 metric tons (1,764 tons) at a radius of 40 m (131 ft), with the main hook at a height of 159.7 m (524 ft) above the main deck. This will enable installation of next generation (more than 14 MW) offshore wind turbines, Cadeler said.
Its current crane has a 1,200-metric ton (1,323-ton) lifting capacity at a radius of 31 m (102 ft).
The crane replacement on the Wind Orca is expected to start in October 2023, with completion in March 2024.
Cadeler has also secured an option in the contract to replace the crane on the windfarm installation vessel Wind Osprey. The total sum of the contract for replacement of both cranes is $102 million, including decommissioning of the old cranes, as well as the design, manufacturing, and installation of the new cranes.
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