General – UMACK anchor
Just recently the first commercial-scale UMACK anchor has completed pre-deployment checks at CorPower Ocean’s facility in Viana do Castelo Port, northern Portugal.
Developed in a European consortium, the innovative UMACK technology represents a geotechnical breakthrough allowing 4-5 times higher vertical load capacity compared to a standard monopile of the same size.
This may enable efficient low-cost anchoring for offshore structures across sectors such as wave & tidal energy, floating wind and aquaculture.
The pioneering anchor solution will first be deployed with CorPower’s C4 Wave Energy Converter at the Agucadoura site, part of the flagship HiWave-5 Project. It has been dimensioned to provide more than 15MN of vertical holding capacity, and resist hundred million load cycles.
With on-land tests complete, the UMACK anchor is ready to be installed into the seabed using a rapid, low-noise vibratory driving technique.