Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Venture Aimed at Offshore Renewables Energy Market

Latest Ship is 'A Swiss Army Knife'
Shipping News Feature

The offshore renewables sector is about to welcome a new contender in the rapidly expanding market for offshore wind. With Harren & Partner's addition of the versatile jack-up vessel Wind Lift I to its fleet, the launch of SAL Renewables confirms a position as a specialised provider for offshore wind services and installation.

Born as a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift, this new specialised entity focuses on the offshore maintenance and installation of wind turbines and their corresponding components. Already an established and preferred logistics provider to contractors and turbine manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, SAL is taking another significant step in expanding its footprint in the field of renewables.

Wind Lift I, is a 2010-built dynamic positioning (DP) jack-up crane vessel ideally suited for offshore wind maintenance projects as well as the installation of wind turbine parts. With a 500 tonne capacity, high outreach offshore crane and a fully equipped accommodation block for up to 50 people, this highly versatile asset also has a strong track record. Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of SAL Renewables, says:

Wind Lift I represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions. Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel. There are only few things that it can’t do, it’s kind of like a Swiss army knife. This asset makes for a great start for our new venture with SAL Renewables.”

The Wind Lift I was recently deployed by SAL for a hydraulic hammer test as part of an offshore wind project in the North Sea. Despite the season’s unpredictable weather patterns, the vessel managed the job perfectly. Matthieu Moerman, Head of Projects at SAL Renewables, adds:

“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.”

SAL Renewables benefits from the years of wind experience in the group, and employs specialists with extensive expertise in the sector. It is not however involved in any traditional heavy lift shipping operations, which are performed by SAL Heavy Lift as the transport and logistics arm. Dr Martin Harren, Managing Director of Harren & Partner, explains the strategy behind the founding of Bremen based SAL Renewables and the acquisition of Wind Lift I thus:

“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. The projects resulting from this change are crucial to our business.

”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.”