German shipping and logistics group Harren & Partner has taken over the jack-up vessel Thor from DEME. With a fleet of now four offshore ships, the company seeks to expand in the offshore wind industry.
Thor is a 2010-built dynamic positioning (DP2) jack-up crane vessel ideal for maintenance projects at offshore wind energy plants as well as wind turbine installations. Thor has a 500-tonne capacity, a high-outreach offshore crane and a fully equipped accommodation block for up to 56 people. The vessel is 107.82 metres long and sails under the Madeiran flag.
‘We are very happy that we were able to finalise this acquisition,’ says Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of the Harren & Partner Group. ‘Thor is a modern ship with a flexible economic design. A valuable addition to our fleet, she underlines our growth ambitions in the rapidly expanding market for offshore wind energy.’
Four offshore vessels
The Harren & Partner fleet now consists of four offshore construction units: The DP2 offshore construction and heavy lift vessel Mexican Giant, the DP3 offshore construction heavy lift twin-gantry catamaran VB-10,000 (US flag, Jones Act compliant) and the two jack-up vessels, Wind Lift I (DP1) and Thor.
Together with its partners, OWS Off-Shore Wind Solutions GmbH and Wind Multiplikator GmbH (co-investor) – also part of the ARGE N1 joint venture – Harren & Partner will deploy Thor for major component exchange services at the Nordsee One wind farm. Thor will also support other wind farms later in the year.
Dr. Martin Harren, CEO of the Harren & Partner Group: ‘Wind energy has been a cornerstone of our business in recent years, and we are determined to further expand and strengthen our contribution to the ongoing energy transition. By providing maintenance and installation services, we bring a comprehensive range of services to the renewable energy market while meeting the highest standards and expectations of these clients.’