Successful First Feeder Operation for Vineyard Wind 1 Project

The BM-Feeder with tower seafastening and tower section. (Image credit: Barge Master)

The successful first feeder operation was accomplished in partnership with FOSS Offshore Wind, Seaqualize, GE and DEME Offshore US.

Barge Master’s cutting-edge motion compensation platforms played a pivotal role in maintaining the stability and safety of the tower sections for the GE Haliade X turbines. These platforms compensate the vessel motions ensuring that the tower sections remain steady throughout the lifting process. Together with Seaqualize’s heave compensation tool, which compensates for the vertical movements, both technologies combined result in a seamless and safe lifting operation, additionally increasing the weather window significantly.

This milestone not only advances the Vineyard Wind 1 project but also underscores Barge Master’s commitment to promoting U.S. content and collaboration within the industry.

2 Barge Master feeder barge sail out1Installation Jack-Up lifting of a 50-meter tower section from the BM-Feeder. (Image credit: Barge Master)

“We are extremely proud of our team’s exceptional performance in delivering a successful feeder operation for the Vineyard Wind 1 project,” said Martijn Koppert, CEO of Barge Master. “This achievement showcases our expertise in motion compensation solutions and highlights the value of our collaboration with DEME and strong U.S. parties like FOSS. Together, we are contributing to the development of clean energy in the United States.”

3 Barge Master Feeder overview explanationBarge Master’s ‘Heavy Feeder’ system explained. (Image credit: Barge Master)

For this project Barge Master developed the ‘Heavy Feeder’ system, to compensate for the weight and height of the immense GE Haliade X Tower sections. This system can compensate weights of up to 1500 tons in sea states of Hs 2,5 m. The hydraulic cylinders and drive and control of the system were delivered by Van Halteren Technologies.TWD was responsible for all detailed engineering of the platforms and foundations.

4 Barge Master feeder barge sail out3Feeder barge sail out. (Image credit: Barge Master)

The Vineyard Wind 1 project, located off the coast of Massachusetts, is not only the first commercial-sized US wind farm but also a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions and meeting clean energy goals. The Wind farm will consist of 62 GE Haliade X turbines, delivering clean energy to 400.000 homes. Barge Master is honored to be part of this landmark project, supporting the growth of renewable energy in the United States.

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