Van Oord's Svanen Reaches New Heights - Video – Heavy Lift News
3 May 2024

Van Oord’s Svanen Reaches New Heights – Video

As part of the major upgrade Van Oord’s heavy lift installation vessel Svanen has had a 25m A-framed gantry extension added to the top of the vessel. The vessel will now be able to continue installing new generations of wind energy monopile foundations

The extension had been constructed by Holland Shipyards BV and installed at the Mammoet yard in Schiedam by one of the world’s largest cranes, the colossal PTC210-DS. The 210,000tm, 3,200t class crane was chosen as it is one of the few cranes in the world capable of performing the job, and was available locally.



The upgrade includes a modernisation of the lifting hooks that will increase the lifting capacity of the vessel from 3,000t to 4,500t, an improvement of the gripper to handle increased loads and a modification of the structure of the vessel to accommodate the latest hammer size.

Marco Hoogendoorn, Commercial Director at Holland Shipyards said, “We are immensely proud to have constructed one of the largest steel structures in our history for the extension of Van Oord’s Svanen, including the provision of new accommodation units. This project required not only exceptional precision in engineering but also presented us with significant logistical challenges. Thanks to the extraordinary dedication and collaboration of all teams involved, we have successfully realised this technical milestone. We are honoured to have played a crucial role in enhancing the capabilities of the Svanen, thereby contributing to the future of renewable energy and offshore wind projects.”



Maarten Loman, Project Manager Svanen modification at Van Oord: “I’m proud to be part of a dedicated project team giving the Svanen yet another life. Originally deployed for bridge construction, the vessel has been contributing to offshore wind construction since the start of the energy transition. Following a significant upgrade in 2017, it is now undergoing further enhancements to continue installing many more foundations for offshore wind farms in the years ahead.”

The improved Svanen will be ready for operation in the third quarter of 2024.






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