PaxOcean Engineering has placed an order with Huisman for a 1,600-tonne lifting capacity leg-encircling crane, which will be installed on Penta-Ocean Construction’s self-elevating platform (SEP).


The Huisman crane will allow the SEP to install 12 MW wind turbines and various foundations, including monopiles.

HLPFI reported on March 5 that Penta-Ocean Construction signed the newbuilding contract for this vessel, which will be used in Japan’s nascent offshore wind energy sector.

PaxOcean Engineering is building the SEP in Batam, Indonesia; Huisman will construct the crane at its facility in Xiamen, China. Delivery of the SEP is schedule in 2022.

Timon Ligterink, sales manager of Huisman said: “We are honoured to have been selected to deliver a second offshore crane to Penta-Ocean Construction… it shows Japan’s commitment to the future of its own offshore wind industry, which will be taking off in the following years.”

In 2018, the Dutch lifting equipment manufacturer delivered an 800-tonne capacity crane for Penta-Ocean’s CP8001 platform.

In related news, on March 24 HLPFI reported that Penta-Ocean Construction and DEME Offshore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the construction of offshore wind farms in Japan.

The development of offshore wind projects has gained considerable momentum throughout Japan. However, DEME said that these projects can face very complex subsoils due to mixed sandy and rocky, sometimes soft grounds, together with severe metocean conditions like typhoons and bomb cyclones.. In addition, seismic forces need to be considered.

By combining DEME Offshore’s experience and technological know-how in Europe with those of Penta-Ocean in Japan, the two companies said that they will be able to provide comprehensive solutions to these challenges.