Dutch engineering company KENC Engineering announced today it is starting the fabrication of a flange monopile upending tool (FMUT) for Van Oord.
KENC had been awarded the contract by Van Oord earlier this year to design and build the FMUT. The tool will be delivered in December 2023 and will become operational at the start of the next year.
Designed to face the challenges of varying sea conditions, the FMUT is said to boast unparalleled versatility. Its innovative engineering enables efficient upending and lifting of monopiles – with a diameter between 7,5 – 8 meters – while effectively managing the challenging side leads.
Next to an optimal operational performance, the FMUT is designed for a smooth construction process and minimized production cost. The FMUT’s light yet strong design – with a weight of under 75 tonnes and the strength to lift an SWL of 1,600 tonnes – was achieved through a combination of various materials.
Vincent Vinkoert, business development manager at KENC Engineering: “We are right on schedule to deliver the FMUT for its first assignment and are very much looking forward to see the tool in action! We are proud that our long-term partnership with Van Oord is underlined with this exciting project!”