Areva Wind’s ship Innovation, a heavy-lift jack-up vessel, which was recently commissioned in Germany, will soon install its first M5000, the company’s 5-MW offshore turbine. Areva says the vessel sets a new milestone for the company and strengthens its offshore wind business model.
The vessel was built by HGO InfraSea Solutions, a joint company of Hochtief Solutions and GeoSea. Areva Wind was involved in the design process since 2010. The 147-m long self-elevating vessel is capable of carrying a crew up to 180 and can reach a speed of 22 km/h (12 knots). It can operate in water depths of up to 65 m and has cargo capacity up to 8,000 tons. The on-board crane can lift weights up to 1,500 tons.
“With this new and powerful jack-up vessel, we will be able to offer optimized logistic offshore solutions to our customers,” said Louis-François Durret, CEO of Areva Renewables. “Innovation is a milestone for our business model and strikes the importance of strategic partnerships for offshore industry.”
Innovation will transport of 80 wind turbines to the upcoming wind project Global Tech 1.
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