Jack-up barge officially in operation

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012 - 14:45

On September 3rd, the Innovation, the most powerful crane jack-up barge of the wind industry, was christened and commissioned in Bremerhaven. The 147-m long jack-up barge can accommodate up to 180 persons and reaches a maximum speed of 22 km/h (12 knots). The ship can operate in water depths of up to 65 m and has a loading capacity of 8,000 t. Its own deck crane is capable of lifting weights of up to 1,500 tons.

The Innovation was built by HGO InfraSea Solutions, a joint venture of Hochtief and GeoSea, which in turn is a subsidiary of the Belgian DEME Group. The Innovation was constructed after a planning time of two years and an equally long construction period at the Polish Crist shipyard.

HGO has specifically designed the Innovation to build and maintain offshore wind farms as well as oil and gas plants out at sea. The vessel was being chartered by AREVA for several years well before completion. On their behalf, Hochtief initially uses the jack-up barge to set up the North Sea wind farm Global Tech 1 for which 80 turbines of AREVA’s M5000 type are to be installed.

The vessel was christened by Geertrui Van Rompuy-Windels – the wife of the European Council Chairman - in the presence of some 600 guests from the European offshore wind industry. Ullrich Reinke, board member of Hochtief Solutions AG, said: “By developing the Innovation, Hochtief and GeoSea are making a vital contribution to reducing costs in building an offshore wind turbine. Even under harsh conditions, the ship can be used 300 days a year. This provides a high planning security for investors.”

Katharina Garus

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