German shipping group Harren & Partner has added the jack-up vessel Wind Lift I to its fleet, and has this week announced the launch of Bremen-based SAL Renewables, a provider of offshore wind installation services.
Born as a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift, this new specialised entity focuses on the offshore maintenance and installation of wind turbines and their corresponding components.
The Harren & Partner Group is as busy as ever with its work in the global wind energy sector. Already an established and preferred logistics provider to contractors and turbine manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, SAL is taking another significant step in expanding its footprint in the field of renewables. Today, SAL Renewables opens its doors as a supplier of specialised vessels as well as maintenance and installation solutions to the offshore wind industry.
SAL Renewables proudly launches with a specialised vessel in its fleet: the Wind Lift I – a 2010-built dynamic positioning (DP) jack-up crane vessel ideally suited for offshore wind maintenance projects as well as the installation of wind turbine parts.
With a 500 t capacity, high outreach offshore crane and a fully equipped accommodation block for up to 50 people, this highly versatile asset also has a strong track record.
“Wind Lift I represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions,” says Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of SAL Renewables. “Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel. There are only few things that it can’t do, it’s kind of like a Swiss army knife. This asset makes for a great start for our new venture with SAL Renewables.”
The Wind Lift I was recently deployed by SAL for a hydraulic hammer test as part of an offshore wind project in the North Sea. Despite for the season’s unpredictable weather patterns, the vessel managed the job perfectly.