Huisman has been awarded a contract for the design, engineering, construction and delivery of the main crane on Jan De Nul’s newest offshore wind turbine installation vessel Voltaire.
The crane will be unique in its size, capacity and novel features to allow efficient installation of the next generation offshore wind turbines. The vessel will be built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in China and the Huisman crane will be built in Huisman’s own production facility in Xiamen and installed at the shipyard.
The Voltaire will be equipped with the biggest leg encircling crane ever installed on a wind turbine installation vessel and together with its flyjib will have the highest lifting height in the world. Since 1984, Huisman has successfully delivered more than 224 heavy lift offshore cranes with capacities ranging from 300 up to 10,000mt. This extensive track record in building novel solutions provides the basis on which Huisman is capable of successfully delivering step-changing lifting technology. Primary examples of this are Huisman’s unique segmented slew bearing design, significantly reducing the weight of the crane, and the crane’s fully electric drive system, which was first introduced in the 1980’s.