Ever wondered how giant structures such as wind parks are erected offshore? Take a look at the following animation showing how offshore wind turbines are transported and installed at sea by a specialized vessel.
The animation features Van Oord’s transport and installation vessel named Aelous at work, taking you one step at a time through the entire process.
The vessel is equipped with a crane that can lift more than 900 tonnes and has accommodation facilities for 75 crew. Aelous can be jacked up and can work in a water depth of up to 55 m.
Aelous was built at Hamburg-based shipbuilding yard Sietas and has a length of 139 m, 38 m beam, a design draught of 5.7 m and a cruising speed of 12 knots.
Her first project will be the construction of the Luchterduinen offshore wind farm, which will be built 23 km off the Dutch coast near Noordwijk and Zandvoort.
World Maritime News Staff, June 24, 2014