Huisman to build 1,000t crane for Japanese wind sector

24 October 2018

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Huisman has been contracted to supply Japan’s second offshore wind crane, a 1,000t pedestal mounted crane, which will be used by customer Japan Marine United Shipyard to build a vessel for offshore wind turbine installation in Japan. The crane will be built and delivered at Huisman China, and installation will take place at JMU’s shipyard in Japan.

Japan is steadily increasing its number of wind turbine installation vessels: in 2016, Japanese Penta-Ocean Construction company awarded JMU a contract for the delivery of a Self Elevating Platform (SEP) including Huisman’s 800mt Pedestal Mounted Crane (PMC) for offshore wind turbine installation. Now, the cooperation in Japan will continue with a new contract for the delivery of the 1,000mt PMC.

The end clients are Japanese construction companies Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation. The swift and cooperative finalisation of the commercial discussions reflect the mutual trust between Huisman and its Japanese partners. This has also been the first project that resulted in a firm order since Huisman’s cooperation with its Japanese agent Exeno Yamamizu Corporation. The continuing support of Exeno Yamamizu Corporation in catering the needs of Huisman’s clients in Japan has been key to its success in this market, the Dutch crane builder says.

The newly awarded design builds on the track record of Huisman’s previous crane for the Japanese market, but will be adapted to suit the specific requirements of Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation.

Huisman sales manager Timon Ligterink said, “As a positive track record is highly important in the Japanese market, we are extremely happy with the continuing trust that Obayashi, TOA and JMU have expressed in Huisman. After our initial market entry in 2016, we now retain our 100% market share in the region for offshore wind turbine installation cranes with this second contract. By adapting our products to our client’s needs, and living up to our promises to one of Japan’s most advanced shipyards, we establish ourselves as a reliable partner, which is key to develop this new market.”