There is an increasing demand for sustainable wind energy in Europe. Van Oord’s marine ingenuity is contributing to innovative solutions for making wind energy more competitive. The advanced offshore installation vessel Aeolus is an excellent example of Van Oord's innovative strength.
The Aeolus, purpose-built to construct offshore wind parks, was put into service in 2014. With a top-range crane the Aeolus can lift more than 1,600 tonnes. This makes the Aeolus suitable for the transport and installation of foundations and wind turbines. It has an advanced jacking system. Four giant legs, each measuring 85 metres and weighing 1280 tonnes, allow Aeolus to be jacked up and work in waters up to 45 metres deep.