Netherlands-based Huisman has launched a 700mt Travelling Quayside Crane for the load-out of offshore wind components including foundation pieces and heavy turbine parts. The crane is designed to move on a 16m-wide track but this can be adapted to meet local requirements, the company said.
The fully electric Quayside Crane, which can be connected directly to the quayside grid, will enable faster handling of heavy components compared with crawler cranes or tandem lifts. Its 700-tonne lifting capacity at a radius of 25m will ensure that heavy components can be placed accurately anywhere in the holds of most ships used for turbine transport, Huisman said.
The crane can move at a reasonable speed even with load in the hook. This reduces load-out times and facilitates more efficient use of the quay.
Huisman’s product manager Cranes, Cees van Veluw, commented: “We see a need in the offshore wind logistics market for increased efficiency in smaller ports in newly developed offshore wind areas. The traditional use of crawler cranes or multiple smaller quayside cranes would require a very large backyard. It also requires the transport vessel to be moored along the quayside for an unnecessarily long time. With this new 700mt Huisman Travelling Quayside Crane, offshore wind ports can be ready for a quick load-out of turbine components in a sustainable manner.”
Huisman introduces 700mt crane for offshore wind load-out operations