Huisman has developed a motion-compensated platform that provides a stable deck area for the transfer of wind turbine components from a feeder vessel.

The platform has been designed with the USA’s Jones Act rules in mind; since using an internationally flagged wind turbine installation vessel is restricted under the regulations, a feeder vessel with a motion-compensated platform offers a reliable and efficient solution for transportation of components in US waters, said Huisman.

The equipment from Huisman actively counterbalances the effects of vessel motions, which means that lifting heavy components and moving an empty jack-up vessel can be completed in more severe weather conditions.

The dimensions and capacities of the motion-compensated platform are optimised for next-generation wind turbines and are designed to compensate for five degrees of vessel motions. The platform can be integrated into the hold of a vessel and aligned with the main deck, making it easy to skid cargo across the platform, explained Huisman.

Cees van Veluw, the company’s product manager, added: “By using an offshore-rated feeder vessel equipped with our motion-compensated platform, the jack-up vessel can continue installation work without having to shuttle back and forth to load new components. Maximising the operational time results in a faster and more reliable delivery of an offshore wind farm, compared to more traditional feeder solutions.”