Crane from Huisman supports offshore clean energy production in Taiwan
Sviadnov, January 9, 2024 – Huisman Czech Republic has contributed to the success of a significant renewable energy project in Taiwan. A heavy-duty crane with a lifting capacity of 4,000 tons, whose key components were manufactured at the Sviadnov plant, has entered into active operation at sea. The crane is a crucial part of the Green Jade vessel, operated by CSBC+DEME Wind Engineering, assisting in the installation of foundations for giant offshore wind turbines.
The OMC crane, with a lifting capacity of 4,000 tons and a reach of 125 meters above the deck, stands out for its ability to efficiently handle large structures. “The key parts of this advanced crane were produced in the Czech Republic, and we have worked approximately 35,000 hours on this project overall,” specifies Karel Pavlíček, Managing Director of the Huisman Czech Republic plant, adding, “In Sviadnov, we manufactured components such as the crane arm, winches and drums for cable winding, or the important system to secure the crane in case of cable breakage, preventing an uncontrolled crane fall into the sea.”
The assembly of the crane took place directly in Taiwan. Jan Toman, the production coordinator from Huisman Czech Republic, spent three months in Taiwan overseeing welding and compliance with technological procedures: “I was mainly responsible for monitoring and supervising the adherence to correct welding technological procedures. This involved daily checks on weld readiness, technological discipline, and the quality of execution.”
The Green Jade vessel will transport and install a new generation of foundations for wind turbines. Thanks to the unique design of the Huisman crane, the ship can transport and install the heaviest components in a single shipment, reducing costs for additional transport and installation assistance. Recently, CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering successfully installed the first foundations for the Zhong Neng offshore wind farm with a planned capacity of 298 MW.