Hochtief and Beluga build jack-up vessel

<b>The erection of offshore turbines will be safer, more efficient and cheaper with the new construction ship from Beluga Hochtief Offshore.</b> <br><br><i>Photo: Beluga Hochtief Offshore</i>
The erection of offshore turbines will be safer, more efficient and cheaper with the new construction ship from Beluga Hochtief Offshore.

Photo: Beluga Hochtief Offshore

The special ship will be built in the Polish wharf Crist, and will be ready to start operations in 2012. The joint venture is a co-operation between the German company Hochtief Construction and Beluga Shipping. The two firms have agreed to keep the value of the contract confidential. Beluga Hochtief Offshore developed the concept for the ship and once it has been finished will use it for the company's own offshore work and also rent it to other wind farm constructors. As the demand for construction ships is extremely high, Henner Mahlstedt, Chairman of Hochtief, says that the building of a further jack-up vessel is being considered.

The new ship will be able to erect more than 80 offshore wind turbines per year in water depths of up to 50 m. The vessel will have a payload of 8,000 tons and be capable of operating in rough sea conditions. The on-board crane will have a lifting capacity of
1,500 tons.

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