Bezemer Linear Winches used for Hollandse Kust West Beta export cable laying activities – Heavy Lift News
11 Jul 2024

Bezemer Linear Winches used for Hollandse Kust West Beta export cable laying activities

Last month the shore crossing sections of the two export cables for the Hollandse Kust West Beta wind farm were installed. This project was completed by Boskalis’ Giant 7, their BSSIII burial sledge tool, and Bezemer Dordrecht’s hydraulic linear winch the C600.

It was a real spectacle to watch those amazing pieces of engineering work together. The linear winch was used to pull the burial sledge through the sand onto the beach. The sledge has a height of 22 meters and weighs over 150T. The winch which has a total pulling capacity of 300t, pulled this massive sledge into place with ease.

Once in place, the BSSIII started the operations. Using water jets, the BSSIII fluidised the soil and installed the cable underground. More cable is added as the BSSIII gets pulled forward back into the water by the construction vessel, the GIANT 7. During the installation of this first export cable, the linear winch gets repositioned to a second anchor point to pull the sledge to the second starting position.

Spectators were allowed to witness the operations and learn more about the future wind farm from an info point at the beach, a container with information and a rooftop viewpoint provided by grid owner Tennet.

Both cables have been successfully installed under the dunes. Now this first phase is completed, the cable-laying vessel will take over and install the remaining kilometres of cable towards the wind farm.

 

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