United Wind Logistics completes “ultra-heavy” offshore wind transport

United Wind Logistics has completed the transportation of 20 large monopiles from Rostock in Germany to Taichung in Taiwan. The transport was carried out for Jan de Nul Group, who has been contracted to expand the Formosa wind farm. 

Aboard two chartered Heavy Load Transport Vessels, the “ultra-heavy and outsize cargo” safely reached Taichung port, where the monopiles were offloaded to shore by means of SPMT ́s. The scope of United Wind Logistics included the full sea transportation and the design, fabrication and installation of the transport cradles which were needed for the sea fastening of the monopiles.

Jan de Nul Group is currently carrying out an expansion contract of the Taiwanese Formosa 1 wind farm, the Formoso 1 Phase 2 project, which adds 20 wind turbines of 6 MW each to the existing site. Construction is planned to be completed this year.

The Taiwanese offshore wind market is quickly gaining momentum with several large contractors like Heerema and Seajacks having been awarded new contracts which see them entering this regional market.

The scale increases in the offshore wind industry will be one of the key topics of the Project Cargo Summit, a two-day international conference about the transport of large and heavy cargoes, which is organised by Promedia Group on the 11th & 12th of September, 2019 in Rotterdam. Among the speakers will be Siemens Gamesa, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Kalmar and Van der Vlist Transport. For more information about this dedicated project cargo and heavy-lift event, please visit www.projectcargosummit.com.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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