Wind Energy – Fecamp
As the last three gravity foundations prepare to leave the port of Le Havre this Thursday, September 15, 2022, one of the structures already in place off Fécamp was hit by a ship.
The damage is significant.
Giant, impressive, with their height between 48 and 54 meters and their 5,000 tons, the gravity foundations of the future wind farm of Fécamp accumulate superlatives. But these colossi, as impressive as they are, can still be broken.
Off the coast of Fécamp, the Rock Piper (owned by Boskalis) prepares the soil and deposits gravel on the site to accommodate the foundations. A few weeks ago, during an operation, the boat hit one of the gravity foundations already in place.
“The maritime authorities have been notified. There is only material damage to equipment on the ship,” says EDF-renouvelables, the operator of what will be Fécamp’s first offshore wind farm.
As for the gravity foundation, its concrete footbridge today reveals a tangle of irons, a metal frame rolled up on itself and a torn off docking ladder.