Steel Cutting Ceremony at JMU for GustoMSC Design Jack-up Crane for OWFs
Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) hosted a hull steel-cutting ceremony at their Kure shipyard on November 2, 2020, for Shimizu Corporation’s self-elevating wind turbine installation vessel. Adhering to COVID-19 safety measures, representatives from both Shimizu and Fukada Salvage & Marine Works, the vessel operator, attended the modest ceremony and toured the JMU shipyard.
Equipped with a GustoMSC™ telescopic leg crane and rack and pinion jacking system, the 142 m long by 50 m wide vessel will accommodate 130 people once completed. The GustoMSC designed vessel will be the largest self-elevating platform for offshore wind installation in Japan and capable of installing next generation wind turbines.
The GustoMSC Telescopic Leg Crane offers an innovative combination of high hoisting capability for turbine installation and heavy load capability for foundation installation. The telescopic boom avoids protrusion of a very long crane boom outside the hull dimensions during transit, increasing transit conditions and maneuverability in ports.
The crane capacity for foundations sums up to 2,500t at a height of 121 m, and wind turbine components can be installed at a staggering height of 161 m, with a maximum load of 1,250 t. With the right capacity at the right height this tool is future proof for the maintenance and installation of the new generation offshore WTG’s.