Van Oord and Mammoet to jointly work with Verton on new blade lifting method

Van Oord and Mammoet are joining forces in a partnership with the Australian scale-up Verton to develop a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades that could shorten the installation cycle times and make installation safer for operators.

The company was scouted via the maritime and port accelerator innovation platform PortXL where Van Oord is a founding partner and mentor and Mammoet is a partner and mentor.

Verton has developed a remote rotating device that uses gyroscopic modules to rotate a suspended load. A new concept has been developed in which this unit is integrated into a lifting yoke for installing wind turbine blades.

“The system allows operators to rotate and install heavy loads without using tag lines. Not only is this safer for operators, but it also shortens the installation cycle times”, Says Wouter de Wildt, mentor from Van Oord.

Both Van Oord and Mammoet have committed to engage in the first of three phases of the development. The first phase is the kick-off phase, to have the technical assessment and requirements made up. Turbine supplier Vestas will be knowledge partner in this development. Vestas will provide the project partners with the technical information and expertise required for the development of the new product. Bron: Van Oord