A new motion compensated platform with adjustable pay load capacity is capable of feedering the next generation offshore wind turbines.
Barge Master’s BM-Feeder is designed to be a safe, reliable and cost-effective way of feedering all turbine components, including future generations WTG’s. The BM-Feeder can be placed on an offshore vessel or barge and ensures that the components are kept completely stable for hook on and lift-off by the Installation Jack-Up.
“Motion compensated feedering offers major benefits for the feeder operation,” explained Barge Master. “It enables a controlled hook on and lift off by the crane of the Installation Jack-Up. After lift off it decreases the risk of re-impact, by eliminating the swing and heave motion of the components. The BM-Feeder can operate in sea states of up to Hs 2.5 meters and thereby significantly increases the workability of the operation.”
The scalable BM-Feeder platform is based on Barge Master’s existing BM-T700 systems. The unique design of the platform makes it ideal for upscaling payload capacity and adjusting functionality to customer requirements.
The BM-Feeder can be mobilised on a US-flagged vessel or sea going barge, able to load the components in a US port and sail out to the Installation Jack Up, making it a fully Jones Act-compliant solution.
By Rebecca Jeffrey