Palfinger equips French regions with offshore wind cranes


The need of renewables is increasing, and within the EU, France is spearheading the race to build offshore wind farms. For each of three current offshore wind projects in the north-western region of France, Palfinger is providing two of its PTM600 jetty cranes.

Palfinger Marine cranes are the perfect fit for jetty harbor site applications. Proven technology, a maintenance-friendly design and high-quality workmanship characterize these cranes. The compact design of the PTM crane model with an integrated power pack and oil tank allows space-saving installation on site, so that even small harbors can be used as loading sites. The reliable telescopic function of a PTM and its safety features complete the range. With a Palfinger PTM crane, the crew transfer vessel (CTV) can be easily and reliably loaded with everything that is needed to service the turbine.

The Palfinger PTM600 Jetty Crane in Fécamp O&M facility. (Courtesy: Palfinger)

The jetty cranes in La Turballe in the region of Pays de la Loire, and in Fécamp, in Normandy, are already prepared for operation. The cranes in Ouistreham, also in Normandy, which is the operation and maintenance harbor for the Calvados Offshore Wind Farm, are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2022. Additionally, Palfinger Marine is providing 64 PF14000-4.0 cranes for the offshore wind turbine platforms of the Calvados Offshore wind farm. The 450-MW Calvados offshore wind project consists of 64 wind turbines more than 10 kilometers from the Bessin coastline and covers a total surface area of around 45 square kilometers. The Palfinger fixed boom service cranes support in-cargo and spare-parts loading from crew transfer vessels (CTV) to the transition piece.

“We are proud that we strengthened our footprint in the French offshore wind industry, since we entered the market only one and a half years ago,” said Iavor Martchev Markov, global sales manager wind at Palfinger. “This shows us that we can meet our clients’ needs all over the world — no matter the circumstances.”

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