3,500 tonne spreader beam

Jan De Nul Group has ordered a 3,500 tonne spreader beam from Dutch heavy lift crane manufacturer Huisman. The massive beam is equipped with an automated sling handling system with remote controls powered by an on-board battery pack with integrated automatic charging system.

The spreader beam will be used to lift monopiles for the largest offshore wind turbine foundations, and be used with Jan De Nul’s 3,000 tonne Huisman Leg encircling crane onboard the Voltaire offshore jack-up installation vessel, and the brand new 5,000 tonne Huisman tub mounted crane onboard the Les Alizés heavy lift vessel, which has just started its first mission transporting and installing 107 monopile foundations and one offshore substation topside for Ørsted’s Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms in Germany.

Huisman said: “This proven design increases safe and efficient monopile handling and will enable Jan De Nul Group to handle the largest monopiles in a safe and controlled manner. Safe operations are ensured by reducing the number of personnel on deck.”