DEME’s Sea Installer gets heavy lift capacity boost
DEME Offshore is making further moves in preparing its vessel to handle the next generation offshore wind turbines.
DEME Offshore’s DP2 jack-up installation vessel Sea Installer will get a major crane upgrade from Huisman, increasing its capacity from 900 tonnes to 1,600 tonnes.
The upgraded ‘Sea Installer’ will be deployed for the first time at the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 project, one of the first large-scale wind farms in the US. Vineyard Wind 1 will feature 62 GE Haliade-X offshore turbines. These giants have a 220 metre rotor, 107 metre blades and will be a staggering 248 metre high.
To prepare for the future, DEME embarked on a multi-year fleet investment programme which the company claims has enabled it to have the most versatile and high-tech fleet in the industry today. DEME has also secured an option to upgrade the crane on jack-up installation vessel Sea Challenger.
DEME Osshore’s Sea installer is currently being deployed at the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK. Vineyard Wind 1 will be the company’s first offshore wind project in the US.