Hochtief adds Vidar to wind fleet



Hochtief Solutions today launched into service its fourth installation vessel, Vidar, at a time when the erstwhile shortage of vessels within the offshore wind market appears to have come to an end.

Vidar, like its two predecessors Thor and Innovation, was built at the Crist shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, with Hochtief Solutions placing the order in early 2012.

Vidar will immediately be launched into service in the German North Sea installing blades on turbines at the 400MW Global Tech 1 project, whose largest shareholder is Stadtwerke München.

Vidar is smaller than Hochtief’s Innovation – which was launched last year – with a crane capable of lifting 1,200 tonnes and a load capacity of 6,500 tonnes – compared to 1,500 tonnes and 8,000 tonnes respectively for Innovation.

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