Knud E. Hansen continues to build on its portfolio of innovative designs and extensive experience in the offshore wind farm sector with a new wind turbine installation vessel: The ATLAS C-Class.
With a jacking deadweight of 18,000 tonnes, 6,800 square metres of cargo deck area and a 3,000 tonne/37 metre crane, it is currently the only WTIV capable of carrying six of the new-generation 14-16 megawatt wind turbines, and at least five of the next generation 20+ megawatts turbines.
The jacking deadweight and crane capacity also enable the vessel to carry at least four of the extra-large monopile/transition piece foundations, which are required for the 14–16 megawatts turbines.
The impressive size and scale of this design is matched by its versatility and customizable features. The ATLAS C-Class is intended as a platform which will form the basis for further customization according to clients’ objectives. Cranes, thrusters, generators and jacking systems can all be modified and selected based on manufacturer availability such that the vessel can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each client. This represents a significant departure from competitors that offer off-the-shelf products with little flexibility.
Negotiations are currently ongoing with companies in the offshore wind sector to further develop the ATLAS C-Class platform based on their individual requirements. The ATLAS C-Class is the first in a series of planned WTIV platforms of varying sizes. One of those already under development is a smaller A-Class platform that can carry four 14 megawatt turbines and is equipped with a 1,600 tonne crane for clients who require a smaller variant to install wind turbines on pre-installed foundations.