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Huisman Awarded Contract to Equip Seaway7’s Jack-Up Vessel, Seaway Ventus, with Cutting-Edge Monopile Installation Spread

Huisman, a leading global provider of lifting equipment solutions, has been granted a prestigious contract by Seaway7, a part of the esteemed Subsea7 Group, for the complete delivery of a state-of-the-art monopile installation spread tailored for the jack-up vessel, Seaway Ventus. This remarkable spread comprises a Monopile Gripper, an Upending Frame, and two sets of Monopile Storage Cradles, specially designed to cater to Seaway7’s requirements and maximize vessel payload.

Notably, Huisman has ingeniously modified its existing gripper design to meet Subsea7’s exacting specifications, resulting in an innovative and lightweight Monopile Gripper that boasts exceptional robustness and stiffness. This groundbreaking technology empowers the gripper to efficiently handle even the most demanding XXL monopiles with ease.

The focus on optimization does not end there; Huisman has invested significant effort in refining the upending process. The Monopile Upending Frame is thoughtfully engineered with adjustable length, offering the flexibility needed to handle a wide range of monopile sizes seamlessly.

Equally impressive are the Monopile Storage Cradles, expertly outfitted with adjustable saddles to accommodate various monopile dimensions. These cradles have been intelligently designed to enable easy expansion with an additional layer, effectively doubling the vessel’s storage capacity to support seamless operations.

Recognizing the multifaceted nature of the Seaway Ventus’ deployment, which includes both monopile and wind turbine installation, Huisman has made sure to incorporate easy and swift (de)mobilization of the monopile installation spread. The integration of equipment on the vessel has been meticulously executed, ensuring minimal permanent installations, thereby further enhancing the vessel’s overall payload capacity.

The entire monopile installation spread will be meticulously engineered, constructed, and installed at Huisman’s premier facilities in Schiedam, the Netherlands. The completion and delivery of this groundbreaking equipment are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024.

Speaking about this remarkable collaboration, David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman, expressed his gratitude to Seaway7 for entrusting them with this important project. He highlighted how Huisman’s integrated lifting equipment not only enhances safety and efficiency but also contributes significantly to the success of offshore wind projects. Having previously established a strong track record with Subsea7’s parent company, this contract marks Huisman’s first venture with the group for wind installation equipment, and they are thrilled to play a role in Seaway7’s ambition to spearhead the delivery of fixed offshore wind projects, promoting a more efficient and sustainable energy future.

Features & Benefits of the Huisman Monopile Installation Spread:

  • Designed for a lightweight to maximize vessel payload capacity
  • Offers vertical adjustment of the ring for inboard storage and low operating position
  • High structural stiffness enhances control and accuracy during monopile handling
  • The unique six-roller configuration allows retraction of roller boxes while maintaining full control over the monopile
  • Equipped with an inboard storage position and NMS system for easy maintenance
  • Compatible with all industry-standard noise mitigation systems available
  • Engineered for quick (de)mobilization to ensure seamless operations

The collaboration between Huisman and Seaway7 signifies a significant milestone in the renewable energy sector, underscoring their joint commitment to furthering sustainable energy solutions for a greener and more sustainable future.

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