Miami, Florida — Van Oord has commissioned an upgrade on its Aeolus offshore installation vessel.

The new, 133-m-long boom, designed by Huisman, should allow the vessel to handle larger turbines of up to 15 MW for offshore wind projects.

Following the modifications, Aeolus should be ready for duty, capable of installing the new generation turbines while retaining its lifting capacity of 1,600 t for foundation installations.