Realizing the energy transition
It’s 1am on a freezing, windswept North Sea coastline at Steelwind Nordenham – production site for some of the world’s largest monopiles. The imposing fabrication unit dominates the local skyline and serves windfarms from across the globe.
Inside the facility, the monopiles are fabricated from high-strength steel plate and now, after completion, they’ve been moved out onto Steelwind’s factory-side loading dock. It is here that enormous cranes are readying to lift the monopiles onto ships for transport by sea.
Moving these gigantic structures requires precision-engineered lifts. Each one presents a unique set of challenges for the lifting teams, who are in constant motion along the dockside making minor adjustments that will ensure the safety of cargo and crew. With the wind and rain whipping around them, they are reliant on their tools, their equipment and each other to meet the project’s strict deadlines without compromising on safety.