Lindø Shipyard

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Odense Steel Shipyard (Danish: Odense Staalskibsværft) was a Danish shipyard company located in Odense. It was best known for building container ships for its parent group, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, including the Mærsk E class in 2006 which at the time were the biggest container ships in the world. The global financial crisis led to Maersk announcing its closure in 2009 and the last new ship was delivered in January 2012.

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The first yard was opened in 1918–1919 by the A.P. Møller company. A new yard with bigger and better facilities was constructed 1957–1959 on a new site located in Munkebo a few kilometres outside Odense proper. Odense Steel Shipyard was the largest yard within the Odense Steel Shipyard Group, which also consisted of two yards and an engineering company, all situated in the Baltic. The yard was known for designing and building innovative vessels that applied the newest technology in design and equipment.

Since 1996 the Yard built some of the world’s largest container ships; including the Mærsk E-class with a nominal capacity of 15,550 TEU (originally declared as 11,000 TEU), the highest equivalent number of any vessel as of today. However, Maersk chose Daewoo to build its latest and largest design, the Triple E class with a nominal capacity of 18,000 TEU, as the Asian shipyard was more competitive (cheap labour).

Because of the innovative products developed at Odense Steel Shipyard, the company was widely recognized as an influential voice in the shipbuilding community.

Ship bell and Lindø Yard name-plate onboard HDMS Esbern Snare (L17).

The original shipyard remained in operation until 1966, when all operations were transferred to the new site. Unlike the modern shipyard, the old yard produced civilian and merchant vessels only. Its first completed ship was cargo steamship Robert Mærsk, completed in 1920. Its last production was Yard No. 177, the bulk carrier Laura Mærsk.

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The new shipyard originally had two building docks, No. I and II (300 × 45 × 7.5 metres each), allowing the construction of tankers of up to 100,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT). The yard was enlarged in 1967 to include a new very large building dock, No. III (415 × 90 metres), and an 800-ton, 95 metre tall, 148.5 metre span gantry crane, allowing the construction of tankers in the VLCC and ULCC class. The largest construction planned on the yard was two 500,000 DWT tankers, but this order was later cancelled. From the 1960s until 1977, the yard only constructed oil tankers (no larger than 330,000 DWT) as well as bulk carriers. The first RO-RO ship was built in 1979, and the first container ship in 1980. In December 1992, the yard completed the world’s first 300,000 DWT double-hull tanker. In January 1996 they delivered its first Post-Panamax container ship. On 3 December 1999 the gantry crane collapsed after a hurricane in the building dock and damaged the ship No.170 Cornelius Mærsk, which was nonetheless repaired and delivered two months later. MAN Takraf of Leipzig, Germany, delivered a new 1,000 ton, 110 metre tall gantry crane in April 2001.

The collapse in world shipping as a result of the 2009 Global Recession led Maersk to announce in January 2009 that Odense would concentrate on smaller ships, but in May 2009 they announced that they would be closing the yard altogether and putting Baltija Shipyard in Lithuania up for sale. The last newbuild from Lindø was No.714 Niels Juel, a frigate for the Royal Danish Navy, which was delivered in January 2012.

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After the closure of the yard in 2012, the site has been transformed to an industrial park housing a large number of companies within the offshore sector. Most companies work with production, storage and discharge of large components for offshore and heavy industries. The area of more than 1,000,000 square metres (11,000,000 sq ft), of which 166,000 square metres (1,790,000 sq ft) is under roof, combined with the gantry crane and the harbour area makes it ideal for handling heavy industry. The LORC wind turbine test facility is expanding in 2015 at a cost of DKK 120m. 

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In December 2014 DONG Energy ordered 32 Vestas V164 wind turbines (256 MW) for the extension of the 90 MW Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm. The nacelles will be produced at Lindø.

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Elements of the yard (OMT) are proposing the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates for the Procurement programme of the Royal Australian Navy‘s frigates, but built in Australia.

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  40. Viking Life Blog · 3 Days Ago

    Cranes: Lindø beats Esbjerg by 10 metres

    First, the Port of Esbjerg could boast of having acquired the world’s largest mobile crane, and now Odense Port of Lindø is doing the same.

    In essence, it is the same type of crane, a heavy lift version of Liebherr’s largest mobile crane, the LHM 800. Both the version for Esbjerg and Lindø have a lifting capacity of 308 tonnes, but apart from that there are two particular differences between the two cranes.

    Where the tower on Esbjerg’s crane measures 47.9 metres, Lindø’s new crane trumps with a tower of 57.5 metres. This gives a lifting height of 96.7 metres. In addition, Lindø’s new crane is prepared for electric operation, while Esbjerg’s runs exclusively on diesel. Electric operation requires the connection of a 150 meter long cable, which is mounted on a drum at the back of the crane, Liebherr informs Søfart.

    Diesel operation will typically be used when the crane has to be moved, after which unloading and loading can take place for electric operation in places where there are options for connection. In addition to a reduction in the noise level, Lindø expects to be able to save 300 tonnes of CO2 annually through partial electricity operation.

    This is a drastic reduction. At the same time, the electric drive of the crane becomes CO2-neutral, because the power comes from wind turbine power. It is important for us to be at the forefront in this area as well, says Carsten Aa, CEO of Lindø Port of Odense, in a press release.

    Denmark in the lead!
    With Lindø’s new acquisition, Denmark has purchased two of the total of 14-15 LHM 800 cranes that are currently is ordered worldwide. It is not least the wind turbine industry’s requirements for handling the increasingly large components such as nacelles that justify the giant cranes at Danish ports.

    By using two Liebherr cranes together, both Esbjerg and Lindø can now move 400-ton nacelles exclusively using mobile cranes. Carsten Aa then also describes the purchase of the crane, which has a price in the region of DKK 50 million. kroner, as part of the major expansion of the port.

    – We are well on our way to creating the market’s most optimal framework for future green production and job creation with our port expansion. Optimum frameworks require the largest possible and most flexible crane capacity, and here the investment in the mega crane contributes to us remaining at the forefront of the customers’ needs, says Carsten Aa.

    On Lindø, the crane will also benefit bulk customers, as it will provide faster handling of e.g. steel scrap. The crane is expected to be delivered at the end of 2019.

    FACTS – Lindø Port of Odense’s new Liebherr LHM 800
    The world’s largest harbor mobile crane
    Lifting capacity: 308 tonnes
    Lifting height: 96.7 m
    Number of axles (wheels): 36 (144)
    Net weight: 824 tonnes
    Tower height: 57.5 m
    Cabin height: 40.4 m


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    Manufacturers of trucks and construction machinery are testing air conditioning systems in the driver’s cab. They do this partly with sensors, partly by putting drivers into the vehicles when they are frozen.

    Machine builders and manufacturers can now test products, machines and equipment in temperatures from plus 60 to minus 60 °C.


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