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Cadeler newbuild “Wind Peak” launched

Caption: Cadeler's new building "Wind Peak" at Cosco Shipyard in Qidong, China (© Cadeler)

The specialist shipping company Cadeler is one step closer to putting the new offshore heavy-lift vessel “Wind Peak” into service.

The newbuild for Cadeler has now been launched at the Cosco shipyard in Qidong, China [ds_preview].

“The launch of the ‘Wind Peak’ is an important milestone that marks the completion of the hull,” reads a social media post from the Danish shipping company, which formerly belonged to the Asian Swire Group.

This great success was preceded by two years of “complicated design work” and 18 months of construction. “Now the design is being transformed from numbers and pixels into a real floating ship for the future of transportation and installation of offshore wind turbines,” Cadeler continued.

The further timetable for the construction process has also been published: Following the launch, the lifting legs and cranes will now be installed on board as well as various technical systems. Commissioning and testing of all systems will then begin.

Cadeler plans to take delivery of the newbuild in the third quarter

Sea trials are planned for mid-2024. The newbuild will finally be delivered in the third quarter.

The “Wind Peak” is part of a six-ship newbuilding program at Cadeler. “Wind Peak” and her sister “Wind Pace” are designed to operate in some of the most challenging locations around the globe. They are designed to provide increased transit capacity, reduce the energy intensity of installation, shorten installation time and thereby reduce the overall cost of installing offshore wind farms.

With a deck area of 5,600 m² and a lifting capacity of over 17,600 t, they have a main crane capacity of over 2,500 t at 53 m. The vessels can transport and install seven complete 15 MW turbine sets or five sets of 20 MW turbines per load.

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