Huisman has developed a 700-tonne lifting capacity travelling quayside crane for the load-out of offshore wind turbine components.

Huisman-700mt Travelling Quayside crane

With the travelling quayside crane, Huisman said the load-out process of offshore wind turbine components can take place significantly faster than regular methods involving crawler cranes and tandem lifting operations. 

The quayside crane has been designed fully electric, allowing for a direct connection to the quayside power grid. This allows regenerative energy to be directed back into the utility grid, thus drastically limiting the net energy consumption of the crane.

It has been designed to travel on a track 16 m wide, although this can be adapted to local requirements.

Cees van Veluw, product manager cranes at Huisman, said: “We see a need in the offshore wind logistics market for increased efficiency in smaller ports in newly developed offshore wind areas. The traditional use of crawler cranes or multiple smaller quayside cranes would require a very large backyard. It also requires the transport vessel to be moored along the quayside for an unnecessarily long time. With this new 700-tonne Huisman travelling quayside crane, offshore wind ports can be ready for a quick load-out of turbine components in a sustainable manner.”