New subsidiary SAL Renewables has proudly launched with a specialised vessel: the ‘Wind Lift I’ – a 2010-built dynamic positioning (DP) jack-up crane vessel.

'Wind Lift 1' (Photo: Gusto MSC)

'Wind Lift 1' (Photo: Gusto MSC)

The jack-up is ideally suited for offshore wind maintenance projects as well as the installation of wind turbine parts. With a 500t capacity, high outreach offshore crane and a fully equipped accommodation block for up to 50 people, this highly versatile asset also has a strong track record.

Wind Lift I represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions,” said Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of SAL Renewables. “Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel. There are only few things that it can’t do.”

Matthieu Moerman, Head of Projects at SAL Renewables, adds: “Megawatts capacity of wind parks keep increasing and old wind parks will need to be renewed with new turbines or decommissioned. With Wind Lift I we are not only targeting the installation and maintenance market but also decommissioning and upgrading of old existing wind parks.”

Wind Lift I was recently deployed by SAL for a hydraulic hammer test as part of an offshore wind project in the North Sea. Despite the season’s unpredictable weather patterns, the vessel managed the job perfectly.

In addition to Wind Lift I, SAL Renewables also holds access to the offshore DP2 heavy lift ship Blue Giant.

SAL Renewables is not involved in any traditional heavy lift shipping operations, which are performed by SAL Heavy Lift as the transport and logistics arm. As such, SAL Renewables is a perfect complement to SAL’s existing services – providing comprehensive, complete maritime solution for the offshore wind industry.

SAL Renewables is based in Bremen – a convenient location to leverage the diverse and far-ranging resources within the Harren & Partner Group and SAL Heavy Lift.

By Jake Frith