North Sea logistics operations are nothing unusual for the Trans Global Projects Group. However, the nature of every task – and the weather and sea conditions surrounding them – is always different. This means that even with years of experience, every project is treated as new.
In this case, the scope of work included the charter of a ship to transport 12 large steel anchor piles, each 36m in length and weighing 150 tonnes, for a major oil company operating in the North Sea.
The cargo was to be shipped from Bilbao to Shetland for long-term storage, with a range of specialist equipment required. All of which had to adhere to the strict requirements of the client, HSE and the Marine Warranty Surveyor (MWS).
On land, the equipment was moved by bogey transport before being lifted into the vessel by two 150-tonne-cranes over three days. Specialist seafastenings were designed to satisfy the MWS and implemented during the load out.
To ensure the smooth movement of the cargo all necessary equipment and personnel were provided, including specialist lifting equipment and coded welders for the seafastening padeyes and cleats. This was all supported by strict certification requirements, MPI testing and a detailed method statement, as well as extensive documentation and working practices to meet the requirements of the MWS, HSE and Spanish labour law.
On arrival in Shetland, TGP ensured the same protocols were met when discharging the cargo. Modular transportation was utilised for removal to the storage area, where the anchor piles were transferred to supply cradles provided by a 500-tonne mobile crane. The lifting arrangement was also supplied on a long-term agreement.
All items were delivered safely and satisfactorily. They were part of a range of activities to support the project. These included the movement of 2,500 tonnes of anchor chain and a hydraulic power unit plus 12 cases of winches at 30,500kg each. Construction of the floating production storage and offloading (FSPO) unit was also supported, with the movement of 12 fairleads, each weighing 33,850kg, from Czech Republic to the fabrication facility in China, ahead of transportation to the North Sea.