Heavy Lift Specialist

Richard L. Krabbendam

Dec 172013

Last Saturday at Heerema Zwijndrecht the 10,200-tons HelWin bèta topsides has left the fabrication hall 

At Heerema Zwijndrecht, one of the fabrication yards of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), fabrication of the HelWin bèta topsides, for client Siemens, reached the fabrication phase during which the transformer equipment will be installed outside.

Helwin Beta 351-17-12-2013b

In October 2012 Heerema Zwijndrecht started the construction of the 10,200 tons weighing HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) topsides, after contract award in June 2012 by Siemens. The contract comprises the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of the HelWin bèta platform, which includes topsides, jacket and bridge. The jacket is currently under construction at the Vlissingen yard. Continue reading “LARGEST OFFSHORE WIND PLATFORM BUILT IN THE NETHERLANDS REACHES MILESTONE” »

Dec 152013

HOCHTIEF Solutions commissioned a further powerful jack-up vessel for the construction of offshore wind farms.

Hochtief 349-15-12-2013

In the company of around 300 guests from the European offshore market the ship named VIDAR was commissioned in Bremerhaven on December 12, the company said in its press release.

The jack-up vessel was developed especially for construction and servicing of offshore wind farms and oil and gas plants at sea. Thanks to its large deck surface, its high deck cargo and the powerful 1,200-ton crane, the ship is ideal for the safe and fast assembly of foundations and components for wind farms in the North Sea and Baltic. VIDAR can install latest-generation wind turbines of all dimensions at water depths up to 50 metres.

HOCHTIEF has chartered the jack-up vessel to a client even before completion, it will be used for blade installation at the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I from December 2013. Continue reading “HOCHTIEF Solutions commissions further offshore jack-up vessel” »

Dec 152013

During lifting operations, while salvaging a German Mine hunter, which sank during WW2, the Sheerlegs collapsed.

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The Sheerlegs BERGSE MAAS lifting a part of a German minehunter which sank in the Veerse meer ( The Netherlands) Photo: Hans van der Linden….www.aerolin.nl….. @Aerolin Photo BV ©

The floating sheerleg BERGSE MAAS which was lifting ( see above) December 9th at the Veerse Meer in The Netherlands the second part of the engine room of the German minehunter MFP-920-DM , Continue reading “SHEERLEGS BERGSE MAAS COLLAPSED” »

Dec 152013

Heerema Fabrication Group’s Vlissingen yard in the Netherlands today celebrated the ceremonial first cut steel of the Gina Krog jacket, the largest launch jacket ever built at HFG for client Statoil Petroleum AS and destined for the Gina Krog field development in the central part of the North Sea.

Gina Krog SteelCutting 349-15-12-2013Mr Svein Olav Høyland, Asset owner Representative of Statoil, performed the first cut of steel, which will be used to build the 17,000 tons Gina Krog jacket. The steel cutting took place at the yard of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) in Vlissingen (the Netherlands), where the jacket will be built. The Gina Krog jacket will be the largest launch jacket ever to be constructed at HFG’s Vlissingen fabrication facility.

The jacket will be approximately 142 meters tall with a footprint of 60 x 50 meters and a top of 42.5 x 26.25 meters. The approximately 250 tons weighing pre-drilling wellhead module of 16 x 17 x 4 meters, will accommodate the phased development of the Gina Krog field and will be integrated into the topsides cellar deck. The project award to HFG in February 2013 followed the successfully completed FEED study of the jacket by HFG’s engineering firm, HFG Engineering. Recently HFG Engineering completed the detailed design of the jacket main structure after which the construction of this record breaking 17,000 tons jacket started at Heerema Vlissingen. The delivery of the jacket and PDM (pre-drilling module) is scheduled for sail away in April 2015. Continue reading “HEEREMA FABRICATION GROUP STARTS CONSTRUCTION GINA KROG JACKET” »

Dec 122013

Today the 12th of December 2013, the latest Seminar / Masterclass “Heavy Transport & Lifting” was presented by Richard L.Krabbendam (The Heavy Lift Specialist)  in Mumbai to a class of 31 participants from 6 different countries.

The majority coming from India, but also from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam and Bangladesh

The next Breakbulk Seminar/Masterclass “Heavy Transport & Lifting is scheduled in Johannesburg, SA on the 27+28th of January 2014. Click here to register

See pictures below:

P1080520 Continue reading “The latest Seminar/Masterclass “Heavy Transport & Lifting” completed in Mumbai today.” »

Dec 112013

Under development at Terex Cranes in Germany is a spectacular new boom system to vastly increase the capability of the 1,600 tonne capacity CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler crane,IC has learned exclusively.

The Terex Boom Booster for the CC 8800-1 crawler crane almost doubles capacity in some areas of its lifting chart

The Terex Boom Booster for the CC 8800-1 crawler crane almost doubles capacity in some areas of its lifting chart

Information seen by IC indicates that in certain long boom combinations the capacity increase with the new Boom Booster option is 90 % or more, i.e. virtually double that of the standard boom set up. At short radii, where this machine is typically used for erecting refinery vessels, wind turbines and similar heavy and tall or high structures, this will be a huge advantage. It will allow heavier components to be lifted from ground level where it is safer to do the assembly work. Continue reading “Big boom upgrade for Terex CC 8800-1” »