Installation of offshore wind turbines is about to become considerably safer thanks to the new partnership struck between wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas and the inventor of a remote-control load orientation solution, Verton. 

Working on offshore wind projects presents unique challenges due to their inherent operational complexity and offshore location. MHI Vestas has previously announced its range of SMART Turbine products, including SMART Dampers to actively reduce fatigue loads on wind turbine towers. MHI Vestas has now signed with Verton to produce innovative new tooling to handle the SMART Dampers during WTG installation.

Managing Director of Verton, Trevor Bourne, said that the benefits integrating Verton technology to create this specialized tooling for MHI Vestas are significant.

“Working on offshore sites is difficult enough and is further complicated using taglines to control loads during lifting operations. Our Columbus 7.5 SpinPod will be capable of precisely controlling the orientation of the custom lifting yoke and its load, including setting and holding a desired orientation, even under the most challenging conditions” he said.

“Our remote-control solution completely removes the need for taglines and for workers to be near the landing area of loads, greatly improving safety and reducing the number of workers required. The precise orientation control will also enable lifting operations to be completed faster, which is very important in an environment where every minute saved is highly valuable” he added.

MHI Vestas Chief Technology Officer Torben Hvid Larsen said of Verton’s technology, “With this partnership with Verton, we are introducing the next generation of load orientation equipment to MHI Vestas’ toolbox. This technology will enable us to increase our offshore handling capabilities and make our product and associated handling procedures smarter, safer and more flexible.”

Verton’s SpinPod technology provides a comprehensive solution to the significant problems associated with using taglines — by making them obsolete. Verton is not only solving issues relating to safety and productivity, but also adding smart technology to provide HD video and onboard sensors, IoT connectivity, superior data analytics, and much more.

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