Huisman’s Skyhook crane lifts first batch of monopiles

PRESS RELEASE – With the 2600-metric-tonne Skyhook, Huisman has designed and built the largest Slewing Jib Quayside Crane in the world. It has now lifted its first batch of offshore wind monopiles. The monopiles with a length of approximately 100 metres have a weight of approximately 1700 metric tonnes excluding rigging.

Although dedicatedly designed for load-outs of heavy equipment, like the 10,000-metric-tonne Tub Mounted Cranes for Heerema’s Sleipnir and the 3000-metric-tonne Offshore Mast Crane for Boskalis, this lift shows that the Skyhook is also equipped for offshore wind marshalling ports. The crane is employed at Huisman’s own facility near Xiamen, P.R. of China.

“With the high ambitions for offshore wind in various parts of the world, we see that more permanent yet more flexible lifting solutions are key to further efficiency gains in the logistics chain”, says Cees van Veluw, Product Manager Cranes at Huisman. “The capacity of the Skyhook matches the foundation sizes we see in the near future, while the Dual Main Hoist gives large advantages to easier connection and handling of loads. With new marshalling ports being developed worldwide, we see that the Skyhook can contribute to further optimising the logistics of offshore wind turbines and foundations.”

Capacities and features of the Skyhook

  • 2600 metric tonnes @ 30 metres radius.
  • Lifting height with Super Flyjib: 170 metres above the waterline.
  • A fully electrically driven system, resulting in reduced maintenance, higher reliability, as well as the potential to provide regenerative electrical power back into the grid.
  • Dual Main Hoist functionality, allowing for large flexibility in rigging setup.
  • Limited track loads, thus reducing the foundation cost on quaysides.
  • Optimised counterweight system, thus avoiding excessive wear when only light loads are lifted.
  • Boom Stowage functionality, thus allowing the crane to be placed even in typhoon-sensitive areas.
  • Versions with a safe working load (SWL) up to 5000 metric tonnes are available upon request.
  • Versions can be tailored to specific local requirements.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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