The new entity, SAL Renewables, also born as a sister company to heavy lift shipping firm SAL Heavy Lift, will focus on the offshore maintenance and installation of wind turbines and their related components.
The addition of the jack-up vessel to SAL Renewables is the Wind Lift I, a 2010-built DP jack-up crane vessel with a 500-tonne capacity and 50-men accommodation.
Matthieu Moerman, head of projects at SAL Renewables, said: “Megawatts capacity of wind parks keep increasing and old wind parks will need to be renewed with new turbines or decommissioned. With Wind Lift I, we are not only targeting the installation and maintenance market but also decommissioning and upgrading of old existing wind parks.”
In addition to Wind Lift I, SAL Renewables also holds access to the offshore DP2 heavy lift ship Blue Giant.
Bremen-based shipping group Harren & Partner said SAL Renewables will not be involved in any traditional heavy lift shipping operations, which are performed by its heavy lift brand SAL Heavy Lift.
On the strategy behind the founding of SAL Renewables and the acquisition of Wind Lift I, Harren & Partner’s managing director Dr. Martin Harren explained: “Wind power has been a cornerstone of our business in the past few years, and we continue to see significant projects here. The world’s demand for energy is higher than ever before, and a major energy transition is currently underway.
“SAL Renewables is a perfect supplement to our established logistics business, but also something new. By offering maintenance and component installation services predominantly for the wind turbines themselves, we are expanding our total service offerings to the global renewables market while also meeting the toughest individual demands and expectations in the offshore markets.”
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