Bladt Industries A/S has awarded a major contract to Manchester company Granada Material Handling Ltd. to design, supply, third-party certify, deliver and commission 30 individual davit crane units for the 588 MW Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd. (BOWL) project.
According to Granada, the BOWL project is one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
Each of the Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for BOWL and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. One Python crane unit will be fitted to each of the 30 platforms being supplied by Bladt Industries.
As reported, each Python crane unit measures approximately 4 meters in height and 7.5 meters in radius and weighs 2,000 kgs. The maximum lifting capacity of 1,250 kgs is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of the foundation.
Mark Sidwell, director of Granada Material Handling Ltd., commented, “Securing this contract has been a real team effort by the Granada Renewable product and service division. The BOWL contract is not only great news for Granada, but also for our U.K.-based supply chain.
“We are currently working with designers, wind farm developers and turbine manufacturers to further enhance the product range to ensure the very latest developments in lifting technology are made available to the rapidly expanding and ever-developing offshore renewable market,” he stated.
The company is already looking to place orders and subcontract specialist areas of work to other U.K. businesses and will deliver the crane units over an eight-month period.