It is estimated that more than 6,000 new offshore wind turbines are required to reach the EU’s energy production objectives. At least six large projects per year need to be commissioned until 2022.
To avoid the huge amount of “sea fastening scrap” remaining after each monopile installation project, the Conbit engineers developed a reusable sea fastening solution -- Vickas.
The system allows for safe sea fastening of monopiles with various diameters without changing the sea fastening configuration. Vickas is designed to carry monopiles weighing up to 1350 tonnes. This innovative solution is used on many types of vessels and barges. It allows stacking monopiles, facilitates skidding, and critical components can easily be replaced.
“Its flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and operational speed make Vickas valuable to any monopile transport and installation project.”
Joop de Fouw, Technical Director of Conbit, commented: “Conbit believes this system will bring cost benefits to the Transport and Installation contractor and ultimately to the Offshore Wind Farm Developer. Furthermore, the deck crew on the installation vessel will enjoy working with Vickas because of its flexibility and efficiency.”
This R&D project is made possible by The European Regional Development Funds and Subsidiefocus (OP Zuid Innovation)
Download the Vickas flyer here: VICKAS FLYER