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Huisman Secures Contract for Cutting-Edge Subsea Cranes in Japanese Offshore Wind Expansion

Huisman, a leading provider of offshore and maritime solutions, has clinched a significant contract from VARD, a prominent shipbuilder. The agreement entails the delivery of a groundbreaking 250mt Hybrid Boom Subsea Crane and a robust 100mt Knuckle Boom Crane. These innovative cranes are destined for integration into Toyo Construction Co. Ltd.’s upcoming cable-lay and construction vessel, a pivotal addition to their fleet designed specifically for the burgeoning Japanese offshore wind industry.

Toyo Construction Co. Ltd., recognized for its proficiency in offshore construction, is set to elevate its capabilities with this state-of-the-art vessel. The purpose-built VARD 9 15 design symbolizes a leap forward in cable-laying and turbine foundation installation within the Japanese offshore wind sector.

Cutting-Edge Features

Huisman’s Hybrid Boom Crane boasts cutting-edge features, including a fully electric traction and storage winch design, ensuring secure storage of large-diameter subsea wire rope. With both passive and active heave compensation systems, this crane ensures superior workability offshore. Customized to meet Toyo Construction Co. Ltd.’s specific requirements, the crane will undergo rigorous certification according to ClassNK regulations.

The 250mt Hybrid Boom Crane represents a proven subsea crane concept, combining the lifting height of a conventional lattice-type boom crane with the operational advantages of a Knuckle Boom Crane.

Compact Powerhouse

The 100mt Knuckle Boom Crane, part of Huisman’s newly launched Subsea Crane range, is a compact yet powerful subsea-rated crane. Featuring active heave compensation, it is designed to facilitate subsea work and efficiently handle cargo across the deck.

Both cranes will be meticulously manufactured at Huisman’s cutting-edge production facility in Zhangzhou, China.

Haruhisa Obayashi, President of Toyo Construction, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “We are delighted with the opportunity to supply our new cable lay vessel with Huisman’s state-of-the-art offshore cranes.”

David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman, echoed this sentiment, saying, “We are honored to announce our partnership with Toyo Construction as an esteemed new client in Japan.”

Torgeir Haugan, SVP Sales & Marketing of VARD, also expressed satisfaction, stating, “We are happy to be working together once again with Huisman to deliver the two offshore subsea cranes.”

Features & Benefits

  • Superior Load Curve: Optimized deck handling for voluminous structures.
  • Operational Weather Window: Knuckle lowering for improved operational weather window.
  • Energy Efficiency: Fully electric-driven subsea winch package for lower power consumption.
  • Heave Compensation: Hydraulic active and passive heave compensation for precise lowering of loads.

This collaboration solidifies Huisman’s commitment to providing cutting-edge equipment for multi-purpose construction vessels, empowering Toyo Construction to excel in offshore projects not only in Japan but beyond.

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