Danish offshore wind construction company Cadeler has placed an order to build a fourth state-of-the-art jack-up at COSCO Heavy Industries in Qidong, China.
The latest order is for a second “F-class” jack-up with delivery planned in the second half of 2026. The company also has two “X-class” and the first “F-class” vessel on order with deliveries starting in the second half of 2024. All are being constructed by COSCO Heavy Industries in Qidong, China.
The four newbuilds will grow Cadeler’s fleet to six vessels.
“The decision to build another F-class vessel is based on the strong market demand for assets specializing in installing foundations,” said Mikkel Gleerup, Cadeler’s CEO. “Our yet-to-be-build F-class vessels have already been sought after by our customers. As announced in August, we have signed a firm contract with Ørsted and have also entered a long-term agreement with an undisclosed customer booking the F-class from 2027 to 2030. These commitments are only possible because our clients believe in our abilities to meet their demands with increased flexibility and to offer state-of-the-art vessels that are fit to meet requirements from a fast-growing market.”
The second F-class vessel will be built on similar specifications to the first F-class vessel, with a deck space of 5,600m2, a payload of more than 17,600 tons and a main crane capacity to be disclosed at a later date. Both the X- and F-class will be able to transport and install seven complete 15MW turbine sets per load, or six sets of 2XL monopile foundations, cutting down the number of transits needed for each project. In line with the X-class vessels, the F-class will cater for some of the largest dimensions in the offshore wind industry.
The X- and F-class vessels are built in close cooperation with Cadeler’s strategic partners, which include GustoMSC NOV, Kongsberg, Huisman and MAN Energy.
“Due to our solid partnership with Cadeler and our strong order book of Cadeler jack-up vessels, we have been able to offer Cadeler a unique deal in the industry. We are honored that Cadeler continues to see us as a strategic business partner that can deliver the state-of-the-art vessels that the market requires”, says YuJian, Commercial Director from COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore.
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