SAL Heavy Lift installs configurable crane boom for offshore renewables market

HAMBURG: June 2019. SAL Heavy Lift has designed a Fly-Jib configurable crane boom for its Type 183 vessels MV Lone and MV Svenja.

The company says the new crane extension, now installed on the MV Lone (pictured), is a significant addition to its heavy lift offering for customers in the offshore renewables and oil & gas markets.

SAL’s sister company SAL Engineering worked with crane maker TTS-NMF to design and develop the Fly-Jib to lift long components vertically such as offshore wind equipment.

“Our Fly-Jib has long been on our wish list, but when a client recently approached us with the requirement to support on driving piles into the seabed for an offshore wind project, and the piles being so long that it was otherwise not possible to up-end them for installation, we saw the opportunity to realise this long term dream,” explained Sune Thorleifsson, SAL head of Marine Projects.

Karsten Behrens, SAL Engineering director noted: “We worked for a long time on various designs together with TTS-NMF – the manufacturer of the cranes on our Type 183 vessels. It was essential that in addition to strong lifting capabilities, it could be configurable in various modes.”

Behrens said the Fly-Jib can be configured in a 23-metre or 13-metre set up, is adjustable in three different angles, be interchangeable between the Type 183s, and installed using only the vessels existing cranes.

“It is great to see now that the concept works so well in reality and that the installation procedure of mounting the Fly-Jib onto the existing crane boom proceeded quickly and with no compromise on quality – it is no small thing that you attach,” added Sebastian Westphal, corporate director, Ship Management & Engineering.

“The lifting capabilities the vessel gains with it are tremendous. It will be used many times in the months to come during an offshore wind project and certainly in a number of projects thereafter.”