August 11 - L-3 SAM Electronics has completed the installation of drive equipment, navigation, automation and positioning systems onboard Hochtief Infrastructure's heavy-lift jack-up vessel, Vidar.

Built by CRIST shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, Vidar is equipped with a 1,200-tonne lift capacity crane and is capable of installing wind turbines of all dimensions at water depths down to 50 m. It is currently being used to install 60 m blades at the EUR1.3 billion (USD1.74 billion), 400 MW North Sea wind farm, Global Tech 1.

Reinhard Swoboda, senior vice president at L-3 SAM Electronics, commented: "We are extremely proud to complete this major undertaking, which demonstrates our growing involvement with alternative offshore energy markets."

Facilities supplied and installed by L-3 SAM Electronics, in addition to all cable engineering work, include eco-friendly diesel-electric propulsion systems with four 2,600 kW azimuth thrusters and three 2,500 kW bow thrusters, as well as supporting converters, propulsion transformers and switchboards.

Bridge equipment consists of a NACOS Platinum vessel control system, including integrated navigation, automation and control assemblies, as well as a Class 2 dynamic positioning facility from L-3 Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems.