The Offshore Wind Industry Needs Bigger Boats. Much Bigger

By Lars Paulsson, Jeremy Hodges and Chris Martin (Bloomberg) -- How do you install a wind turbine almost the size of the Chrysler building in the open ocean? Just get a boat with deck space larger than a football field and a crane that can lift the weight of 1,100 Chevy Suburban SUVs. Those specialist ships are scarce, numbering about a dozen in the world. And at a cost of … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Installed Offshore England

Danish energy company Dong Energy this week completed the installation of the first of 32 8MW wind turbines at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm off the coast of Liverpool, England. At 195 meters tall, the MHI Vestas 8MW turbines are the largest in the world, and this marks their first installation in an offshore wind farm. The turbine was installed this … [Read more...]

Lamprell Delivers the Bold Tern, a Self-Elevating Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

UAE rig-builder Lamprell announced today the successful of construction of the wind turbine installation vessel, Windcarrier 2 "Bold Tern." Having resolved all outstanding commercial issues, Lamprell has made delivery of the vessel to the client, Fred Olsen. Completion and delivery of the vessel, five months after the delivery of its sister vessel, the Windcarrier 1 … [Read more...]

WATCH: World’s Largest Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Strolls Into Tyne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDHhwl089ug The world's largest wind turbine installation vessel, the 14,739 DWT MPI Adventure, strolled into the Port of Tyne in the UK on Thursday to pick up some wind measurement equipment to be installed off the coast Blyth near a proposed wind farm site. The MPI Adventure has been chartered by SeaRoc to complete mast installation for … [Read more...]