Construction firm Hochtief has unveiled a new jack up vessel the Innovation yesterday in Bremerhaven, Germany as it targets major growth in the offshore wind farm sector.
The new 147m long vessel has a 1,500t capacity crane, a cargo capacity of up to 8000t, and can operate at water depths of up to 65m allowing to be used in all zones of the Round Three offshore wind farm zones. The firm is targeting 40 percent growth in the offshore wind market over the next five years with the new vessel.
Hochtief board member Ullrich Reinke said the new vessel will make a “crucial contribution” to reducing the costs of building offshore wind farms. “Even under harsh conditions, the ship can be used 300 days a year,” said Reinke. “This gives investors a high level of planning reliability.”
Energy firm Areva Wind has already chartered the vessel to install 80 M5000 wind turbines on the Global Tech I offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.