Roll Group has transported wind energy components using its vessel BigRoll Beaufort to assist in the construction of a wind farm 27 miles (43 km) off the coast of Virginia, USA.

Before the heavy lift ship collected the components, a grillage system, designed by Roll Group engineers, was installed onboard BigRoll Beaufort in Gdynia, Poland.

The vessel then continued on to Rostock, Germany where the first foundation components for two wind turbines were loaded at EEW Group’s facilities. Manufactured by EEW Special Pipe Constructions, the heavy steel structures weighed 877 tonnes and had a diameter of 7.8 m.

After loading in Rostock, BigRoll Beaufort called at the port of Esbjerg, Denmark to load the wind turbine towers and blades, before making its way to its final destination in Halifax, Canada in mid-April.

From here, Jan De Nul Group will discharge the foundation components using its installation vessel Vole au Vent, which will transport and install the pieces at the project site. Jan De Nul will also be responsible for the assembly of the tower sections, which will take place onboard BigRoll Beaufort prior to installation.

The 12 MW wind farm has been commissioned by Dominion Energy and Ørsted.