Huisman to deliver monopile installation spread for jack-up vessel Seaway Ventus – Heavy Lift News
2 Aug 2023

Huisman to deliver monopile installation spread for jack-up vessel Seaway Ventus

Dutch lifting equipment specialist Huisman has been awarded a contract by Seaway7, part of Subsea7 Group, for the delivery of the entire monopile installation spread for jack-up vessel Seaway Ventus, consisting of a Monopile Gripper, an Upending Frame, and two sets of Monopile Storage Cradles.

The monopile installation spread will be engineered, built, and installed on the Ventus at Huisman’s premises in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Delivery is scheduled for Q4, 2024.

Huisman has modified its existing gripper design to meet Subsea7’s requirement to maximise the vessel payload. For this new design Huisman applied the proven technology of its existing range of Grippers. This has resulted in a lightweight, robust and very stiff Monopile Gripper, capable of handling XXL monopiles.

Huisman has paid special attention to optimising the upending process. The Monopile Upending Frame is adjustable in length and therefore suitable for handling a wide range of monopiles.

The Monopile Storage Cradles are outfitted with adjustable saddles to be able to store various monopiles sizes. The cradles can be expanded with an additional layer to double the vessel’s storage capacity.

Quick (de)mobilisation

Since the Seaway Ventus will be deployed for monopile as well as wind turbine installation, Huisman has taken into account easy and quick (de)mobilisation of the monopile installation spread. The equipment will be integrated in the vessel in such a way that the permanent installed parts are kept to a minimum, further maximising the payload.

David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman says: “We are grateful to Seaway7 for trusting us to equip their vessel with the entire installation spread. This is where we add value, supplying integrated lifting equipment that increases safety, efficiency and workability. After building a long track record of Pipelay Systems with Seaway7’s parent company Subsea7, this order marks our first contract with the group for wind installation equipment. We are extremely excited to join them in their ambition to lead the way in the delivery of fixed offshore wind projects, and contributing to an efficient and sustainable energy supply for the future.”

Features & benefits of the Huisman monopile installation spread:

  • Lightweight design to maximise vessel payload
  • Vertical adjustment of the ring to allow inboard storage as well as low operating position
  • High structural stiffness increases control over the monopile and improves accuracy
  • The six-roller configuration allows roller boxes to be retracted whilst keeping full control over the monopile
  • Inboard storage position with NMS system attached for easy maintenance
  • Compatible with all industry standard noise mitigation systems currently available
  • Designed for quick (de)mobilisation

Source: Huisman

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