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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.

To ensure that the vessel remains competitive in a market that’s changing rapidly, Van Oord decided to upgrade this already top-class vessel. The  modification results in increased loading capacity, accommodation capacity and a helicopter deck. On top of that, the Aeolus is also fitted with the new 1,600 tonnes crane.

How does it work?

Offshore installation vessel Aeolus, which was purpose-built to construct offshore wind parks, was put into service in 2014. With a top-range crane the Aeolus can lift more than 1,600 tonnes. This makes the Aeolus suitable for the transport and installation of foundations and wind turbines. It has an advanced jacking system. Four giant legs, each measuring 85 metres and weighing 1280 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, heavy lift installation vessel 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.


In 2017 the vessel is modified. The adjustments included the installation of two spreader beams at the main hoists to hoist 2,000 tonnes each, a new skidding gripper, suitable for monopiles with a length up to 90 metres and diameters between 7 and 11 meters (bottom part), the gripper can be equipped with a Noise Mitigation System and is complemented with a skidding hammer platform for hammers with a maximum weight of 1,200 tonnes.

More information

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

    1,600 tonnes

Svanen
  • Vessel

    Svanen

  • Year of construction

    1990

  • Total power installed

    9,875 kilowatt

  • Lifting capacity

    8,700 tonnes