Pacific Osprey awaits new crane

by Tom Russell in Vessels 24/01/2020 Swire Blue Ocean

Swire Blue Ocean (SBO) has contracted Blue Water Shipping (BWS) to transport Pacific Osprey’s new crane boom for installation.

BWS has been tasked with transporting the crane from NOV’s manufacturing yard to Denmark aboard SAL’s heavy transport vessel M/V Wiebke. The boom was loaded onto the vessel on 21st January and left the yard on 22nd January. It is expected to reach Denmark around 1st March, and installation on board Pacific Osprey will commence once it has been delivered. SBO expects Pacific Osprey to be back in service by 1st May 2020.

“This is an important milestone for Swire Blue Ocean. The transportation of the crane boom to Denmark rewards months of hard work spent developing a new crane boom design with capacity for future wind turbines. We have all been looking forward to this moment and are very excited about what is coming soon,”
said Kim Tribler, Head of Marine Operations, SBO.


Pacific Osprey is a 2012-built self-elevating wind farm installation vessel. It was originally fitted with a 1,200 MT main crane @ 31 metre radius – 97 metre hook height above deck – which was used in the installation of both foundation and wind turbine generator (WTG) installations.

With its upgraded 115 metre crane boom, SBO stated that the vessel will gain approximately 30 metres in hook height, making it suitable to handle the next generation of WTGs. The new crane will lift 1200MT @ 31 m radius with a 132 metre hook height above deck. It will also be capable of lifting 700 MT @ 50 m radius with 125 metre hook height above deck


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