Lifting guidelines


MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and the rest of the wind industry previously set different requirements for lifting operations when installing offshore wind turbines. This meant that subcontractors had to manage several processes differently – despite the fact that they were largely identical. The various requirements cost the subcontractors time and money, as there was a need for training in the individual requirements, and the work with several different lifting operations was also associated with a certain safety risk.


The partners in the project gathered experience and defined a common  best practice for  safety and standardization of lifting in the wind industry. This meant that in future tasks will be carried out in the same way, regardless of whether it is a question of the construction of a wind turbine in one or the other project. Overall, common best practice will streamline lifting tasks, increase safety and optimize time spent on tasks and crew training.

The project was facilitated by the Energy Innovation Cluster and the Transport Innovation Network.

Download: New Recommened Practice for design for lifting, transport and storage of equipment

Download: New Recommended Practice and Guideline for WTG Lifting Operations

Cost reduction
  • Expected 10-15 percent picked up time on efficiency from the wind industry’s logistics partners
  • Increased safety when lifting tasks
  • Fewer defects and damage to equipment
Problem owners
  • MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
Problem solvers
  • Ørsted
  • Waterfall
  • Statoil
  • A2Sea
  • Peace. Olsen Windcarrier
  • Blue Water Shipping
  • Mammoth Wind

Project timeline

PHASE 1: Conceptualisation
PHASE 2: Development and testing
PHASE 3: Demonstration and validation
PHASE 4: Commercialisation

Financed by


Start: April 2017
End: December 2017
Grant: 2,800,000 DKK

Contact person

Christian Munk Jensen

Christian Munk Jensen
Project Manager
Tlf: +45 5055 2606