Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Blue Tern to Receive a Significant Upgrade – Heavy Lift News
28 Oct 2021

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Blue Tern to Receive a Significant Upgrade

After nearly a year of planning and preparation to detail project scope, budget, and yard selection, we are quickly moving forward with a significant upgrade to jack-up vessel Blue Tern, which has just arrived for dry dock in Fayard.

The focal point for this is an enhancement made to the vessel’s crane, which is being completed in partnership with crane maker Liebherr Maritime Cranes. While in dock, the 10 year class renewal will also be made.

In addition to general service and maintenance, the crane’s boom will be extended by adding an additional 12m section. While an 800t capacity will be maintained within a 30m radius , the extension will lengthen the boom to a total of 108m, enabling Blue Tern to meet the demands of larger turbine components in forthcoming projects.

Additional upgrades during the yard stay will be made to help strengthen the vessel’s spud can (seabed interaction points), increasing its ability to operate on more diverse seabed conditions, such as extremely dense soil and bedrock. The spud can upgrade is in preparation for Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm project in Scotland, where Blue Tern is scheduled to be deployed in 2022.

Source Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

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