Turbine manufacturer Vestas is readying for the Empire Wind 1 project offshore New York, signing its first major subcontract with crane services and engineered transport specialist Sarens.

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Source: Vestas

Equinor successfully rebid into New York’s fourth offshore wind solicitation (NY4) and has a current conditional order in place for the 810 MW project. Vestas will provide its V236-15.0 MW offshore wind turbines, which received its type certification late last year and undergoing the final verification campaign before serial production and installation begins for the first offshore projects. 

As the Empire Wind 1 project moves closer to realisation, Sarens has been brought onboard as part of a lifting services agreement. It will deploy its SGC-140 ring crane, which will be based at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT), as well as auxiliary cranes, equipment and labour to support the load-in, load-out and transport of wind turbine components, tools and containers.

“This major subcontract with Sarens will play a pivotal role in the continued transformation of the SBMT as it prepares to become a world-class hub for offshore wind,” said Amy McGinty, vice president, offshore construction at Vestas North America.

Named Big Benny XL, the SGC-140 ring crane as a lifting capacity of 3,200 tonnes. According to Carl Sarens, technical solutions, projects and engineering at Sarens, it is one of the world’s largest land-based cranes.