Van Oord boosts Offshore Installation Vessel Aeolus with Crane Upgrade
The crane capacity of Van Oord’s Aeolus will be greatly boosted.
The Aeolus crane features a longer boom for the latest generation of 15 MW offshore wind turbines. Van Oord modernized the Aeolus to keep up with a changing industry and larger turbines.
Huisman is responsible for the design and construction of the new 133-meter-long boom. As of early 2023, when the new boom is installed, the Aeolus will be ready for service. With this modification, the ship can lift 1,600t for foundation works while installing 12-15MW turbines.
Van Oord’s plan to upgrade the Aeolus to the latest sustainable technology is consistent with the company’s overall strategy. Van Oord has just purchased the Boreas, a new offshore installation vessel, and the Calypso, a cable-laying vessel, in order to continue providing cutting-edge solutions to the fast developing offshore wind industry.
Boreas runs on methanol and has 20 MW wind turbines with a small carbon footprint. This 175-meter-long ship can hoist 3,000 tons. Work has progressed as scheduled since the August steel-cutting ceremony. Boreas’ release date is 2024.
Calypso will launch next year. The new DP2 ship will include 8,000-ton cable carousels below and above deck. This hybrid ship is biofuel-capable and also has e-fuel-capable engines. It will have advanced energy management, a large battery pack, and shore power.
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