Over the years, offshore wind turbines have increased significantly in size and power output. Challenging remote areas and increasingly heavy components create great challenges for the [...]
To reach the EU’s energy production objectives it is estimated that more than 6,000 new offshore wind turbines are required. At least 6 large projects per year need to be commissioned until 2022.
To avoid the huge amount of “seafastening scrap” remaining after each monopile installation project, the Conbit engineers came up with a solution; the re-usable sea-fastening solution “Vickas”.
The system allows for safe sea-fastening of monopiles with a large variety of diameters, without changing the sea fastening configuration. “Vickas” is designed to carry monopiles weighing up to 1350 tonnes. This innovative solution is designed in such a way that it can be used on many different type of vessels and barges, it allows for stacking monopiles, facilitates skidding and critical components can easily be replaced.
Its flexibility, cost effectiveness and operational speed make Vickas a valuable contribution to any monopile transport and installation project.
Joop de Fouw, Technical Director of Conbit, commented: “Conbit believes this system will bring cost benefits to the Transport and Installation contractor and ultimately to the Offshore Wind Farm Developer. Furthermore, the deck crew on the installation vessel will enjoy working with Vickas, because of its flexibility and efficiency.”
This R&D project is made possible by: The European Regional Development Funds and Subsidiefocus (OP Zuid Innovation)