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3,000t offshore crane for Cadeler

Cosco Offshore has ordered a 3,000+ tonne all-electric Leg Encircling Crane from Dutch heavy lift crane manufacturer Huisman.

The new crane will be installed on an F-class jack-up vessel that Cosco is building for offshore wind turbine installation company Cadeler, its second such vessel. The F Class feature a hybrid design, allowing them to be quickly converted from a foundation installation unit to a turbine installation vessel. They also feature 40 tonne fully electric pedestal mounted auxiliary cranes able to cope with the next generation of offshore turbine when they come on stream.
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The new 3,000 tonne Huisman crane

The crane will be built at Huisman’s production facility in Zhangzhou, China and is scheduled to be delivered in late 2025. The crane will be commissioned in 2026 at Cosco’s shipyard in Qidong, China, where both F-class vessels are being built.

Last year Cadeler ordered two similar 2,600 tonne cranes from Huisman for its X-class vessels, which are currently under construction at its facility in China.

Cadeler chief executive Mikkel Gleerup said: “Cadeler’s growth journey is dependent on stable and reliable suppliers, which we can trust not only to construct the required parts but also come up with visionary designs that meet future demands. Based on our previous experience from working together with Huisman on the cranes for the two new X-class vessels, we are confident that also this time around they will be able to deliver the high quality cranes we need for our new F-class vessels, which will be able to lift the next generation of turbines and foundations.”

Huisman chief executive David Roodenburg added: “We admire the way Cadeler continues to motivate and challenge us to push boundaries on every project. Together with Cosco and other partners, we are committed to successfully delivering this project and enabling Cadeler to accelerate the installation of offshore wind capacity around the world.”