Palfinger has redesigned its fixed boom crane range to meet the latest safety requirements of the global offshore wind industry.
The new PF range aims to improve safety and efficiency of lifting operations during regular maintenance of offshore wind turbines. The new line was launched at WindEnergy in Hamburg yesterday, with a full size PF120-4 model displayed on the company’s stand.
The new range has been designed in accordance with the latest technical requirements of European standard EN13852-3 for light offshore cranes, for lifting spare parts and equipment from delivery craft to the turbine's transition piece (TP) platform. Built with a modular design the cranes have a radius/reach of three to seven metres.
Franz Schnöll head of global marine product management said: “Because access to offshore wind farms is limited and every working hour must be efficiently used, we’ve made the new PF cranes highly resistant to the harsh environmental conditions. Furthermore, we reduced the maintenance effort to lower the life cycle costs for the wind park owner. The new crane range was designed based on more than 15 years of installed base experience and feedback from service teams and our clients. It is therefore well positioned for the future requirements of the global offshore wind industry.”
Palfinger says that it has already received orders for more than 250 units of the new fixed boom cranes. With deliveries scheduled for the UK, Taiwan, USA and Japan between starting this quarter and running through the first half of 2024. They will be installed on jacket and monopile bottom fixed structures as well as substations and used for servicing offshore wind turbines and other equipment installed on substations.