OHT’s newbuild vessel Alfa Lift has been floated out from its dry dock at China Merchants Heavy Industry’s (CMHI) shipyard in Jiangsu, China.

While work continues at the Chinese shipyard – including the internal fit out and completion of mechanical systems – construction of major components of the ship’s crane have been completed in Rostock, Germany. The heavy lift crane’s slewing column and the A-frame are scheduled to leave Rostock in early March and will arrive in China during April for installation.

The crane is being manufactured by Liebherr and will have a lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes.

Commenting on the float out of the vessel in Jiangsu, Torgeir Ramstad, ceo of OHT, said: “This is an important milestone that brings Alfa Lift one step closer to entering service and helping to satisfy the ever-growing global demand for custom-built offshore wind installation vessels. We have no doubt that Alfa Lift will be a very busy vessel for many years to come.” 

Alfa Lift is on schedule for delivery at the end of this year or early 2022.