Bladt Industries has awarded a major contract to Manchester company Granada Material Handling to design, manufacture, deliver, and commission 30 davit crane units for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project, one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
The Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for Beatrice and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. The cranes also an emphasis on health & safety and the operator’s needs. One Python crane unit will be fitted to each of the 30 platforms supplied by Bladt Industries.
Each Python crane unit measures approximately 4 m in height, 7.5 m in radius, and weighs 2,000 kgs. The maximum lifting capacity of 1250 kgs is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of the foundation platform.
“Securing this contract has been a real team effort by the Granada Renewable product and service division,” said Mark Sidwell, Director of Granada Material Handling. “The BOWL contract is not only great news for Granada but also for our UK based supply chain. Granada has ambitious plans for this market sector and, having supplied over 600 offshore davits, is one of Europe’s leading offshore wind-farm davit crane suppliers.”
The company is already looking to place orders and sub-contract specialist areas of work to other UK businesses, and will deliver the crane units over an eight-month period.
“We are currently working with designers, wind-farm developers, and turbine manufacturers to further enhance the product range to ensure the very latest developments in lifting technology are made available to the rapidly expanding and ever developing offshore renewable market,” added Sidwell.