Huisman has lifted the first batch of offshore wind monopiles using its 2,600-tonne capacity Skyhook quayside crane at its facility near Xiamen, China.

The monopiles measure approximately 100 m long and weigh nearly 1,700 tonnes. The Skyhook crane, according to Huisman, is the largest slewing jib quayside crane in the world. It has been designed for the load out of heavy equipment and is a fully electrically driven system.

Versions with a safe working load capacity up to 5,000 tonnes are available, said Huisman, which added that design could be tailored to specific local requirements.

Cees van Veluw, product manager cranes at Huisman, said: “The capacity of the Skyhook matches the foundation sizes we see in the near future, while the dual main hoist gives large advantages to easier connection and handling of loads. With new marshalling ports being developed worldwide, we see that the Skyhook can contribute to further optimising the logistics of offshore wind turbines and foundations.”