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Hochtief commissions construction of new special-purpose vessel for offshore wind farm installation

German contracting giant Hochtief has commissioned the construction of a further heavy-lift jack-up vessel from the Crist shipyard in Poland for the installation of offshore wind farms.

The vessel is to start operating in 2013 to meet demand for special-purpose equipment in this growing market.  Its main features will be a 1,200t crane with a loading capacity of up to 6,500t, a powerful engine allowing speeds of up to 12 knots, and the ability to work in water depths of up to 50m.

Vidar will be Hochtief’s fourth heavy-duty craft, following its sister vessel, the Innovation, and the Odin and Thor jack-up platforms. It will be used for the company’s own offshore construction contracts and will also be chartered out.

Hochtief said it expects work done to be in the “triple-figure millions” in this segment in the coming years.

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