Offshore installation vessel
Offshore installation vessel Friedrich Ernestine arrived in Liverpool
Friedrich Ernestine arrived into Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead on Saturday 1st September where it is currently undergoing final fit out before joining Gwynt y Môr to install wind turbine foundations. It is expected to begin operational activity at Gwynt y Môr, 13km off the north Wales coast, in October.
Precision work on the high seas
At a length of over 100 metres and a width of 40 metres, the two OLC ships Victoria Mathias and Friedrich Ernestine are the world’s biggest of their kind. Controlled by satellite, they can be fixed in position with centimetre precision at sea for the construction work. Their extendable steel legs ensure a firm footing on the seabed. In this way, the ships transform into lifting platforms from which foundations can be placed and wind turbines installed. Depending on the requirements of the project being handled, the ships can be equipped to load and erect the widest possible variety of foundation and turbine types in the multi-megawatt class.