This summer Van Oord put a completely new transport and installation vessel in use for the construction of offshore wind turbines. De Haan Special Equipment supplied a upper and lower block for the offshore installation vessel 'Aeolus'.
The giant vessel is equipped with a main-hoist and an auxiliary hoist that can install monopiles for wind turbines and has accommodation facilities for a crew of 75 people. De Haan SE provided the auxiliary hoist with an upper and lower block, which both can hold a safe working load of 500 tons. This new vessel will be deployed for the first time at the build of an offshore wind farm called Luchterduinen. A massive wind farm, 23 kilometers off the coast of Noordwijk and Zandvoort, built to provide green energy to nearly 150,000 households in 2015.
Before Aeolus was operational, four jack-up piles of 87 meters and 920 tons were installed to ensure the safety of heavy lifting in water depths of 55 meters. For this installation the world's largest crawler crane was used, the LR13000 Mammoet (Liebherr) equipped with the highest lifting block De Haan SE ever delivered.