Second 1,600 tonne crane for FOWIC
05 January 2022
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) has ordered a second 1,600 tonne capacity crane from Huisman in the Netherlands.
The new crane is to upgrade FOWIC’s Brave Tern offshore wind turbine installation vessel. It will be able to install foundations and all known next generation offshore wind turbines, FOWIC said. Installation of the new high capacity crane is scheduled to be completed in 2024.
“As we announced in 2020, we have initiated an upgrade programme for our existing fleet where Bold Tern is currently undergoing a major upgrade, including replacement of the crane. Brave Tern will be next in line and ready when the next generation turbines enter the market. As a leading turbine installation and service provider we continue to develop our teams and assets in order to remain a trusted partner for our clients in the years to come, as we see significant growth and great potential in offshore wind,” said Alexandra Koefoed, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier CEO.
Crane upgrades are programmed for three FOWIC vessels to allow them to install 13 to 15 MW turbines and bigger ones if they come to market. Completion of the first upgrade, to Bold Tern, is underway at the Keppel Fels yard in Singapore and due to be ready in early 2022.
“With three vessels that will be upgraded and plans for a newbuild, FOWIC is investing to have a diversified, highly competitive fleet to meet the overall growth in the offshore wind market,” the company said.