DEME has tasked equipment manufacturer Huisman with the delivery of a 2,300-tonne capacity lifting spreader and a set of adaptive damping tugger winches for its installation vessel Orion.

Huisman and DEME have worked together on the optimisation of the spreader’s design in order to increase safety and efficiency of monopile installation. The unique design enables hands-free sling handling of monopiles, controlled remotely, and powered by an exchangeable battery pack, said Huisman.

The lifting spreader is designed for the installation of the next generation of wind turbine components and can be extended in order to handle 120 m-long monopiles with a diameter of up to 12 m.

The adapting damping tugger winches will accompany the spreader and ensure maximum control of the monopiles during installation. Huisman said that the in-house developed damping algorithm actively suppress sway motion during lifting operations.

David Roodenburg, ceo of Huisman, said: “This order is another step in our ambition to drive down the development costs and speed up the delivery of offshore wind farms. To ensure a timely and cost-competitive delivery of these tools, we will deploy our engineering and production capacity in the Netherlands and Czech Republic.”