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Innovative pile lifting tool will speed installation on Horns Rev 3

Fri 11 Aug 2017 by David Foxwell

Innovative pile lifting tool will speed installation on Horns Rev 3
Houlder's lifting tool has a remote controlled hook-up and release system that engages directly with the flange on a foundation, which eliminates the need for additional lifting points or straps

GeoSea, Deme Group’s specialist offshore marine construction unit, is to use an innovative pile lifting tool on Vattenfall's Horns Rev3 offshore windfarm.

“Our marine equipment business stream has been working with windfarm developers and contractors to develop a range of lifting and handling equipment,” explained Houlder's marine equipment director, James Russell.

“Our lifting tool has been designed for safer and faster offshore windfarm installation operations. The remote controlled hook-up and release system engages directly with a foundation pile’s flange.

“This eliminates the need for additional lifting points or straps – the optimal solution where the lifting point overhangs the deck of the installation vessel or is out of reach. 

"For the current project the tool will be configured to lift 6.5m diameter monopiles at 690 tonnes.  Options are available for larger and heavier piles in future.”

 

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