Mayflower Sets Sail for Wind Energy Future

January 12, 2004 [] The ‘Mayflower Resolution’ left Shanhaiguan shipyard in Qinhuangdao, east of Beijing, and set sail for the UK. The DNV Class vessel is registered in the Isle of Man and its crew is certified in marine operations associated with dynamic positioning control and jacking operations. The owner, Mayflower Energy, developed the vessel to overcome the challenges of installing offshore turbines in the seas off northern Europe. The company’s aim is to become “the market leader in the field of installation, support and service for foundations, wind turbine generators, the towers that support them and the installation of sub-sea cabling” by using a fleet of installation vessels. The vessel is equipped with one crane of 300 tonne capacity at 25.5 m radius and a 50 tone crane for 78 m radius. It uses a cylinder type jacking system, where each of its six legs is handled by four primary and four secondary cylinders. The system elevating capacity is 2,500 ton per leg and holding capacity is 5,000 ton per leg, and the dynamic positioning control system allows the vessel to automatically maintain a fixed position at sea when deploying the jacking leg systems. To track her journey and see pictures – opt for ‘vessel’ and ‘progress’ at the link below.
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