Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has a reputation for going big, and today, the company is living up to that hype, announcing an order for the world’s largest hydraulic hammer. Once completed, the hammer will set a new benchmark in offshore pile driving with its record breaking size, weight and driving power.
The pile driver is being designed and built by MENCK, a company with a long history in the hydraulic hammer business and over 40 years’ experience in the offshore industry. The hammer, the MHU 3500S, will be capable of delivering an astounding 3500 kJ of energy, enough to drive piles up to 500 meters deep into the toughest seabeds.
The 3500S is based on the current MHU hammer design offering flexibility in terms of size, power, mobilization and ease of maintenance.
The order is part of a multi-million package deal between the two companies that also includes the upgrading an additional 3 of HMC’s existing MHU hammers and on-site services for HMC’s entire fleet.
HMC expects delivery of the MHU-3500S as early as January 2013.