Huisman to deliver Leg Encircling Crane for Eneti’s WTIV

Huisman Equipment has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) for the delivery of a 2,600mt Leg Encircling Crane (LEC), to be installed on Eneti’s new build Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV). The crane will be able to install turbines of up to 20 MW.

Maritime solution provider Eneti contracted DSME for the construction of the WTIV in May this year. The vessel is an NG-16000X design by GustoMSC and will be delivered in early Q3, 2024. The scope of work for Huisman consists of the design, engineering and construction of the LEC and pedestal adapter at its production facility in Zhangzhou, China.

The new fully electrically driven Leg Encircling Crane has a 147-metre long boom, capable of reaching 170 metres above deck. With its 2,600mt lifting capacity, the crane will be able to install up to 20MW turbines, which are expected to come to the market in the near future. Other features include an in-house developed slew bearing system allowing for accurate positioning, a unique Lambda shaped boom design ensuring a lightweight and stiff design, and small tail swing allowing for optimised utilisation of free deck space, the company said.

Emanuele A Lauro, Eneti’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: “We are delighted by the close collaboration with Huisman culminating in this contract for the Leg Encircling Crane. Eneti’s first WTIV crane is a milestone for the company, but we believe all our successes are built on a foundation of strong and sustained partnerships like the one we are now establishing with Huisman Equipment B.V. from the Netherlands.”

David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman: “We fully support Eneti’s vision to successfully enter the offshore wind market and therefore we are very grateful for their trust, by selecting Huisman as partner for this project. We look forward to strengthening our unique working relationship with DSME as well. Together, we are committed to deliver this state-of-the-art crane and enable Eneti to safely and efficiently install the next generation wind turbines.”

Commissioning and testing of the LEC is scheduled for 2023 at the DSME shipyard. The contract also includes the optional delivery of a second crane, intended for an identical WTIV. Source: Huisman

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