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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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NOV has been awarded contracts for the equipment and design of Cadeler's first F-class jack-up vessel. The new F-class is a bespoke version of the GustoMSC NG-20000X model which is designed as a hybrid wind turbine and foundation installation jack-up vessel.
 
In addition to the first two X-class units, this will be Cadeler's third GustoMSC-designed jack-up vessel under construction at COSCO Heavy Industries. The Cadeler F-class is designed on similar specifications as the X-class. These self-propelled jack-up vessels have a deck space of 5,600 m2 and a carrying capacity of more than 17,600 tons. Featuring a larger main crane capacity than the X-class, the F-class vessel’s design allows it to convert from a foundation to a wind turbine installation unit. This vessel is designed to transport and install up to six XL monopiles per round-trip. The F-class vessel will have an NOV variable speed drive rack and pinion jacking system. The jacking system will include a regenerative power solution where the generated power is fed back into the vessel system. The new F-class vessel is expected to be delivered in Q4 2025.
 
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