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Cadeler sell 1200-tonne ship cranes to Hapo

Hapo International Barges has announced the purchase of both the ex-Wind Orca and ex-Wind Osprey ship cranes from construction engineering company Cadeler.
Cadeler has sold its 1200-tonne ship cranes from the Wind Osprey and Wind Orca vessels to Hapo International Barges.

The Netherlands-based maritime heavy lift specialist announced the acquisition of the two 1200-tonne cranes on November 17. Despite being ten years young, the cranes were sold off by Cadeler to make way for the installation of new, 1600-tonne, fully electric leg cranes, specifically designed for the installation and service of next-generation, offshore wind turbines with capacity ratings exceeding 14MW.

Mikkel Gleerup, CEO of Cadeler, labelled the sale as an “absolute win-win for both parties”.

“As far as we’re informed, this is the first time cranes from a wind turbine installation vessels are being sold to fulfill a meaningful second life, a solution that is in line with our target to place greater focus on circularity,” he said. “We’re very appreciative of Hapo International Barges’ commitment to expand the lifetime for these great cranes that heroically have served Cadeler and the green transition to renewable wind energy.”

Following a technical inspection, the cranes were handed over on the bridge of the Wind Osprey on November 1. Currently, the cranes are being lifted off the jack-up vessel and transported to the Hapo yard in Ridderkerk, using Hapo’s own H-331 and H-282 barges.

Planning to retrofit the cranes onto shallow water barges, Hapo has made the cranes available for re-sale until the complex engineering work required to retrofit the new barge concept is completed, which is expected to take approximately 9-12 months.

Hapo’s new 1200-tonne cranes possess a boom length of 115m, with all spare parts from Cadeler’s storage facility in Esbjerg being acquired too.

The news comes after global engineered-heavy lifting specialist Mammoet’s giant PTC210-DS ring crane was assembled in its Rotterdam yard to install new cranes on the Wind Orca and Wind Osprey ship cranes.


Hapo International Barges is a heavy-lifting equipment company founded in 1987 that operates in the maritime sector out of its base in the harbour of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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