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Granada awarded davit crane contract with Bladt Industries for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited

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Bladt Industries A/S has awarded a major contract to Manchester company Granada Material Handling Ltd to design, manufacture, deliver and commission 30 davit crane units for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project, one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.

Each of the Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for Beatrice and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. One Python crane unit will be fitted to each of the 30 platforms being supplied by Bladt Industries.

Mark Sidwell, director of Granada Material Handling Ltd, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded another prestigious UK wind farm project. Securing this contract has been a real team effort by the Granada Renewable product and service division. The BOWL contract is not only great news for Granada but also for our UK based supply chain. Granada has ambitious plans for this market sector and, having supplied over 600 offshore davits, is one of Europe’s leading offshore wind farm davit crane suppliers.

We are currently working with designers, wind farm developers and turbine manufacturers to further enhance the product range to ensure the very latest developments in lifting technology are made available to the rapidly expanding and ever developing offshore renewable market.”

Granada Material Handling Ltd has been contracted to design, supply, third party certify, deliver, and commission 30 individual crane units. Each Python crane unit measures approximately 4 meters in height, 7.5 meters in radius, and weighs 2000kgs. The maximum lifting capacity of 1250kgs is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of the foundation platform. The crane units have been specifically designed with an emphasis on health & safety and the operator’s needs, and are a design unique to Granada Material Handling.

The company is already looking to place orders and sub-contract specialist areas of work to other UK businesses, and will deliver the crane units over an 8-month period.