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Monday, October 7, 2019 

OHTís new heavy installation crane vessel 'Alfa Lift', designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions and currently under construction at China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) in China, has reached its second significant build milestone with the laying of the keel.

The fabricated blocks have come together for assembly in the dry dock and the vessel will start to take shape, ahead of schedule. This is the next significant step in bringing Alfa Lift to the market, following the steel cutting ceremony that took place on 1 March this year.

"We have worked together with the shipyard in an open and cooperative way to ensure the utmost quality of construction, because OHT places a high degree of importance on quality," said OHT CEO Torgeir Ramstad. "According to our customers our vessel will be ground-breaking and will serve the growing offshore wind market for decades to come. The word 'growing' is perhaps not precise enough to describe what is happening in the offshore wind market".

The Ulstein designed Alfa Lift is said to be the world's largest and most innovative, custom-built offshore wind foundation installation vessel. The next major milestone will be the launching ceremony in 2020, with delivery due in 2021.

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