Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is upgrading one of its Gusto 9000 jack-up vessels with a 1,600-tonne capacity leg-encircling crane from Huisman.

The crane will be delivered in 2022 and will enable the vessel to install foundations weighing up to 1,500 tonnes.

According to Even Larsen, ceo of Fred. Olsen Ocean: “With this new crane, we are gearing up for the next generation of offshore wind turbines. After installing more than 600 offshore turbines, we continue to set our sights higher and higher, knowing that our clients need a partner who can support them in establishing tomorrow’s offshore wind gigaparks.”

Managing director of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Alexandra Koefoed, added: “This unique crane has been enhanced with an even more extreme boom and outreach capacity. The crane allows us to stow the wind turbine components in a more flexible way despite the increased crane weight, thus maintaining or exceeding the payload we carry for our clients. Furthermore, blades can be installed with the faster auxiliary hook and in higher wind speeds.”