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Feature 3 | GERMAN MARINE INDUSTRIES


Beluga Hochtief JV set to reap rich harvest


Bremen-based heavy liſt specialist Beluga Group is moving into the off shore wind-farm sector with its partner the Essen construction services company Hochtief in a big way with a signifi cant order of up to four off shore wind farm erection vessels along with cable layers and support vessels.


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ffshore wind farm construction is the fashion as global warming picks up pace and the demand


for renewable energy increases. In a joint venture that will link one of the world’s best known major project construction companies with a major player in the heavy liſt industry Beluga Shipping and Hochtief are developing Beluga Hochtief Off shore with the specifi c purpose of off ering their vessels for the construction of offshore wind-farms. Latest developments for the JV are the


ordering of a number of vessels including up to four off shore wind-farm construction jack-up, vessels, two cable layers and a number of off shore support ships. As we have come to expect from Beluga


Shipping the off shore company has opted for a high specifi cation for the new off shore erector vessels which will be built at the Crist yard in Poland, with the fi rst vessel due for delivery in the fi rst half of 2012. A second vessel will be delivered at the end of the same year, said Niels Stolberg, president & CEO Beluga Shipping. He added that a total of four vessels are planned “initially”, but a fi nal decision on the second pair has not yet been taken. Beluga Hochtief Off shore plan to deploy the vessels in the North Sea and Baltic, on the German coasts initially. “Each jack-up vessel is able to load,


transport and directly install the most powerful wind power plants. Its outstanding features: 1500tonne crane capacity on board, 8000tonne deadweight loading capacity, own propulsion system, dynamic positioning 2 system and accommodation facilities for a crew of up to 120 nautical, technical and off shore experts,” said Mr Stolberg. T e ships will be able to work in water


depths of 35m or more, setting up off shore power stations of over 100m height which provide for an output of five or more megawatts.


110 The Naval Architect September 2010 “The vessel design and planning is


configured in a way that enables the installation of up to 80 plants – foundations and windmills – per year with one jack-up unit. Additionally, the special vessel is able


to operate in not only benefi cial weather conditions but, indeed, on up to 300 days a year: safely, reliably, and most effi ciently, thus keeping the total installation costs comparatively low,” explained Mr Stolberg.


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