The Boom Lock
The Boom Lock is an intelligent guidance system that allows an offshore crane to install wind turbine components at high wind speeds. The Boom Lock system allows complete control over the hoisted load during wind turbine installation, thereby avoiding wind sensitivity and reducing weather downtime for installation to a minimum.
Mounted on the jack-up vessel’s crane, Boom Lock© is an intelligent guidance system designed to provide maximum control of the crane hook and the load, be it a turbine blade, nacelle or tower section. It is already certified by ABS to lift turbine components at a 20m/s wind speed, and tests with a 6MW turbine blade proved its capability of lifting blades safely at 15m/s wind speed with gusts up to 20m/s.
The Boom Lock is available for all turbine manufacturers, contractors and jack-up owners. It results in reduced costs for installation vessels, installation crews and related costs as well as increased income due to earlier production from the wind farm. It also provides safer working conditions during installation as uncontrolled movements in gusty wind conditions are dramatically reduced.