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Offshore wind installation

Because the demand for renewable energy is rising constantly and onshore space is limited, more wind parks are being built at sea. We have been involved in many offshore wind projects in northwestern Europe during the past decade. We monitor these developments closely to consolidate our leading position in this area. Specialised offshore wind equipment helps us remain competitive in this growing market.

Example of our innovative strength

The advanced offshore installation vessel Aeolus is an excellent example of our innovative strength. ‘This vessel gives us the opportunity to extend our leading role in the construction of offshore wind parks,’ says Pieter van Oord, Chief Executive Officer.

How does it work?

Offshore installation vessel Aeolus, which was purpose-built to construct wind parks, was put into service in 2014. With a top-range crane the Aeolus can lift more than 900 tonnes. This makes the Aeolus suitable for transporting and installing foundations and wind turbines. It has an advanced jacking system. Four giant legs, each measuring 85 metres and weighing 920 tonnes, allow Aeolus to be jacked up and work in waters up to 45 metres deep. 

Heavy lift installation vessel

In the Summer of 2016, Svanen carried out its first job under the Van Oord flag. It installed the monopiles and transition pieces for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind project in the United Kingdom. With a height of 102 metres and a lifting capacity of 8,700 tonnes, it is an imposing heavy lift installation vessel.

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Equipment leaflets

Here we offer leaflets with specifications for our featured equipment. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.

Aeolus
  • Vessel

    Aeolus

  • Year of construction

    2014

  • Total power installed

    18,688 kilowatt

  • Lifting capacity

    990 tonnes

Svanen
  • Vessel

    Svanen

  • Year of construction

    1990

  • Total power installed

    9,875 kilowatt

  • Lifting capacity

    8,700 tonnes