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Beluga Transport Engineers, Germany, was recently
involved in the transportation of a gigantic buoy on board
the 'Beluga Formation'.
The dimensions of this buoy outstrip many conventional
vessels as it has a weight of 1,100 tonnes and a height of 27
metres, making it the largest buoy in the world.
The loading of such a large and sensitive object required
precision and detailed preparation.
Recent modifications had changed the centre of gravity of the
buoy and turned it asymmetrical.
To handle the project, Beluga Transport Engineers and
cooperated with its client, Altus Oil & Gas Services, acting for BW
Offshore (BWO) and Advanced Production and Loading (APL),
the manufacturer of the buoy.
The floating crane slowly lifted the cargo and positioned it on
the multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier. A specially designed
grillage had been welded and was fixed to the weather deck of
One of the main tasks was guaranteeing the structural
integrity of the vessel: The weight and size of the buoy and the
grillage put tremendous loads on the ship's structure; in some
parts they exceeded 200 tonnes per square metre.
The loading was concluded in the space of one day, after
which the big buoy began its 10,000-nautical-mile voyage from
Indonesia through the Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal to an
offshore location in the Gulf of Mexico.
'Beluga Formation' transports big buoy for Atlas Oil & Gas
One of Jumbo Offshore's heavy lift and
installation vessels, the DP2-ship 'Jumbo
Javelin', is preparing to deliver installation
services for offshore wind farms.
It will be able to ship and install
transition pieces (TPs) for wind turbines.
The vessel will be able to carry nine TPs
at a time, each with a weight of
approximately 285 tonnes. All the TPs can
be stowed vertically in the hold of the
vessel and transported to the offshore
location site. There, the 'Jumbo Javelin'
will position itself on DP next to the
monopile of the wind turbine foundation
to lift the TP from the hold, onto the
monopile and adjust it to required
The levelled TP is then fixed to the
monopile by pumping grout in the
annulus between the pile and the
The 'Jumbo Javelin' and her sister ship,
'Fairplayer', are two of four J1800-class
heavy lift vessels.
To give crew safe access from the
'Jumbo Javelin' to the installed TP as well
as efficiently guiding the grout hoses, an
Ampelmann has been installed on the
vessel. The Ampelmann is a ship-based,
self-stabilising platform, built by a Dutch
company of the same name.
As the 'Jumbo Javelin' will be free
floating, it will be sensitive to waves and
swell. The Ampelmann will absorb the
vessel motions and make a safe transfer to
the TP possible.
To get the vessel ready for its first
assignment, a set of 15 temporary living
quarters, additional life saving appliances,
nine TP-supporting foundations, a
complete grouting plant, specialised lifting
equipment, supporting auxiliary equipment
and an Ampelmann have been installed.
It will be the first time that TPs will be
placed on monopiles from a free-floating
vessel on DP.
Jumbo ready for windfarm installation jobs
PD Ports (PDP), UK, recently handled specialist project cargo,
which sailed into Hull Container Terminal (HCT) on the
'Beluga Federation' in June.
PDP was awarded the contract by international freight
forwarders, Transcar Projects, to handle the project cargo, despite
strong competition from other port operations on the Humber.
The cargo was intended for the BP power station at Saltend,
where it will form part of the station's cooling system. The
location of the container terminal and close proximity to the
power station all complemented PDP's winning service offering.
The discharge of the 'Beluga Federation', which carried the
project cargo from Kandla, India, took three days and involved
the handling of four heavy lifts, two weighing in at 135 tonnes
each and two at 94 tonnes each. A further 73 cargo lifts of up to
37 tonnes each were also unloaded.
PD Ports successfully handles specialist project cargo
Cargo being unloaded from the 'Beluga Federation'
Heavy-lift, over-dimensional, 3PL company, the Project
Professionals Group and shipping network, Shippingchina,
have announced an informal strategic alliance.
PPG General Manager Kevin Stephens and Shippingchina
Director of International Business Sun Yansheng announced the
alliance in mid July.
Mr Stephens said each network would work closely to explore
cooperative business links such as allowing Shippingchina
members in countries or locations where they have no
representation to join PPG, and also allowing PPG members in
China to join the Shippingchina network.
International logistics networks strengthen links
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The Project Professionals Group and shipping network, Shippingchina forge
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