Huisman has been awarded a contract from COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Co., Ltd. for the design and construction of two >2,000mt Leg Encircling Cranes (LEC). The cranes will be installed on the two new build X-class vessels of Cadeler, Danish supplier of marine installation and engineering services in the offshore wind industry.
The scope of work for Huisman consists of the design, engineering and construction of the two LECs at its production facility in Zhangzhou, China.
The identical Leg Encircling Cranes have a 155-metre long boom, capable of reaching 180.5 metres above deck. Optionally, the boom can be upgraded to 175 metres in order to increase the lifting height to 200.5 metres. With these cranes, Cadeler will be capable of installing offshore foundations and next generation wind turbines for its future offshore wind projects worldwide.
The fully electrically driven LECs are characterised by their lightweight, yet robust crane designs, with a high level of reliability, energy efficiency, and a limited tail swing, making them ideal for the construction of offshore wind farms, Huisman says.
The cranes will be commissioned at COSCO’s shipyard in Qidong, China, where the X-class vessels will be built. The two Cadeler X-class vessels are scheduled to be ready by end of 2024 and beginning of 2025 respectively. Source: Huisman