In the harsh conditions of the offshore wind market, crane operations can often be labour-intensive and come with risks. IHC IQIP has developed the Combi Lifting Spread to overcome these challenges on safety and allows you to execute projects without the need of hands on deck.
NO HANDS ON DECK
Safe and efficient foundation installations. That is where our “No hands on deck” philosophy is all about. The Combi Lifting Spread is a perfect example of our philosophy. By introducing the Lifting Connector, less human intervention will be needed, which will reduce the risks and increase the safety on board. In addition, by optimising the critical path of the operation, reducing crane movements and vertical transfers and creating quick connections, this tool will increase your efficiency and reduce your installation time. Besides that, the Combi Lifting Spread will reduce other operational and spare equipment, deck space and wear and tear on sheaves and wires, which will result in a cost-effective installation.
HOW DOES THE COMBI LIFTING SPREAD WORK?The Combi Lifting Spread exists of multiple installation tools, that can be used for foundation installations. The Hydrohammer, Transition Piece Lifting Tool (TPLT), Flange Pile Upending Tool (FPUT) and Integrated Monopile Installer all have interface sockets that connect easily with the Lifting Connector to serve as a replacement system from the conventional shackle and rigging connections.
THE LIFTING CONNECTORThe Lifting Connector is the main piece of the Combi Lifting Spread and is the connection between the crane and tools. This system can serve as a replacement system from a typical crane hook. One of the key design principles on the Lifting Connector is the ring of latches around its center. These can slot seamlessly into the corresponding sockets. The latches connect underneath the flange of each socket on the corresponding equipment, which creates a fail-safe lift and allows each tool to be introduced quickly as required. The Lifting Connector can be fitted with several additional features, such as a global positioning system (GPS) and a video image processing unit (ViP). Once connected to other equipment , the benefits of these features are transferred. This allows crane operators to achieve the highest level of accuracy.
When a tool of the Combi Lifting Spread is needed (for example the Flanged Pile Upending Tool), the Lifting Connector connects with the lifting interface socket and lifts the tool easily through the center of gravity to ensure a stable and safe lift. In this way, monopiles and transition pieces can be placed with less crane movements and vertical transits, which saves time but also reduces the wear and tear on the crane. Besides that, human intervention can be reduced while less riggers are needed during the use of the Combi Lifting Spread. In addition, the Combi Lifting Spread requires less deck space by reducing the number of shackles, lifting slings and spare parts.
Specifications of the combi lifting spread
• The Combi Lifting Spread includes: the Lifting Connector along with the corresponding lifting sockets that presently connect to our Hydrohammers, Flange Pile Upending Tools (FPUT), Transition Piece Lifting Tools (TPLT) and Integrated Monopile Installer including the Noise Mitigation System (NMS)
• Lifting Connector equipped with fail-safe principle
• Vertical Lift and handling only
• Available for rent
In 2018 the Combi Lifting Spread was built and operational for the first time. The spread was developed for and used in the Offshore Wind and Renewables market, but can also be used in all our other markets (Oil & Gas, Coastal & Civil and Decommissioning).
Advantages of the combi lifting spread
- Time efficient installation
- Increases safety by reducing human interference
- Reduced crane movements and the number of interfaces
- Less deck space needed
Let’s build together and install your foundations efficiently, cost-effective and safely. We can support you during your project by delivering our Combi Lifting Spread and provide the attached services. Besides that, our Advisory Services can give you advise on the most suitable approach of installation with the Combi Lifting Spread. Do you want more information? Do not hesitate to contact us.