The jack-up vessel Blue Tern has arrived for drydocking in Fayard, Denmark, as Fred. Olsen Windcarrier progresses with the upgrade to the ship’s crane.


The enhancement to Blue Tern’s crane has been in the planning for nearly a year and will be completed in partnership with Liebherr Maritime Cranes.

In addition to general service and maintenance, the crane’s boom will be extended by 12 m to 108 m. This, Fred. Olsen said, will enable Blue Tern to meet the demands of lifting larger turbine components in upcoming projects.

Additional upgrades during the yard stay will be made to help strengthen the vessel’s spud can (seabed interaction points), increasing its ability to operate on more diverse seabed conditions such as extremely dense soil and bedrock. The spud can upgrade is in preparation for the Neart na Gaoithe (NNG) offshore wind farm project in Scotland, where Blue Tern is scheduled to be deployed in 2022.