Huisman to deliver crane for first U.S. turbine installation vessel

Huisman signed a contract with Keppel AmFELS for the delivery of a Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) for Dominion Energy’s Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV), Charybdis. The crane is scheduled for delivery in 2023.

The Huisman Leg Encircling Crane has a lifting capacity of 2,200mt and a 130m long Lambda boom design, making it suitable for the installation of the next generation wind turbines, Huisman said. The system is fully electrically driven. Huisman will implement the same robust and proven technology used for the LEC for Seajacks’ offshore wind installation vessel Scylla.

Dominion’s vessel will be the first U.S. Jones Act compliant offshore wind installation vessel. Mark D. Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Project Construction at Dominion Energy: “A Jones Act compliant offshore wind installation vessel is vital for the continued growth of the U.S. offshore wind industry. Huisman is a global leader and brings years of experience to this venture and will further enable the offshore wind industry to bring clean, renewable energy to customers in the U.S.”

David Roodenburg, CEO at Huisman: “We are grateful for the trust Dominion Energy has shown in Huisman and are proud to be part of a driving force in energy transition in the U.S. We look forward to cooperating with Dominion Energy, Keppel AmFELS and Seajacks to deliver this state-of-the-art crane, using our extensive experience in designing and building large capacity cranes for the offshore wind market.”

The crane is scheduled for delivery in 2023, with Huisman North America, based in Rosenberg (Texas), planning to commission and test it at the Keppel AmFELS yard in Brownsville (Texas).

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