Huisman to build Leg Encircling Crane for Cadeler’s wind installation vessels

COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore has given Huisman a contract for the design and construction of a 3,000+mt Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) for Cadeler’s vessel.

This crane will be put aboard Cadeler’s second F-class jack-up vessel that is now under construction. Cadeler is a significant supplier of installation services, operational support, and maintenance tasks to the offshore wind industry. With the LECs, Cadeler will be able to build wind turbines and foundations for cutting-edge offshore wind projects all around the world.

The crane will be constructed at Huisman‘s factory in Zhangzhou, China, and delivery is anticipated for the end of 2025. Both of the F-class ships will be constructed at COSCO’s shipyard in Qidong, China, where the crane will be put into service in 2026.

In order to address the demands of the rapidly expanding offshore renewables sector, Huisman has designed its LECs. When installing increasingly massive turbines, the cranes’ light weight and robustness, great positioning accuracy, and high energy efficiency help to cut emissions.

The contract was awarded in response to Cadeler’s first F-class vessel’s order for a comparable crane earlier this year. The F-class vessels have a distinctive hybrid design that enables them to quickly change from a foundation installation unit to a vessel for installing wind turbine generators.

Image source: Huisman

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