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Record 10,000 Tonnes lift by ALE Heavy Lift in co-operation with Dubai Drydocks

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Jan 172014
 

ALE and Drydocks World collaborated to perform the lifting and mating of a 10,000-tonne topside (pictured below) using a bespoke gantry system, for the semisubmersible HVDC platform DolWin Beta.

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The mammoth 10,000 Tonnes topside was lifted to an impressive final height of 52.8 m.

The 10,000 Tonnes topside has reached its final height and was lowered on the legs of the hull structure

The 10,000 Tonnes topside has reached its final height and was lowered on the legs of the hull structure

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Egytrans/ETAL in Alexandria transports Nacelles over 660 Kms in Egypt

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Dec 182013
 

Transport of a Nacelle in Egypt by Egytrans/ETAL from Alexandria Port to Gabal elZeit on the Red Sea: a distance of appr. 660 kms. on a 6 axle line Faymonville Multimax semitrailer

Both  brand new Faymonville Multimax trailers loaded with Nacelles of 75 tons each

Both brand new Faymonville Multimax trailers loaded with Nacelles of 75 tons each

 

As tractor units a MAN TGX 33480 units were used

As tractor units a MAN TGX 33480 units were used

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275 t nacelle safely transported on an SCHEUERLE InterCombi

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Oct 312013
 

Concentrated load – 275 t nacelle safely transported on an SCHEUERLE InterCombi

At the entrance to the harbour, the SCHEUERLE InterCombi scored top marks due to its excellent manoeuvrability

At the entrance to the harbour, the SCHEUERLE InterCombi scored top marks due to its excellent manoeuvrability

On 6th September 2013, Mammoet Wind Brande A/S transported one of the world´s largest nacelles. The total weight of the unit was 275 t – in addition to this was the securing equipment which fixed the cargo in position on the transporter. Designed and produced by Siemens, the generator has an output of six megawatts at full load – when installed at its final destination. For the transport, Mammoet used 30 InterCombi axle lines from SCHEUERLE.

Safely accommodated on 30 axle lines of the InterCombi platform trailer combination from SCHEUERLE, with maximum driving stability in spite of the very closely-spaced load points

Safely accommodated on 30 axle lines of the InterCombi platform trailer combination from SCHEUERLE, with maximum driving stability in spite of the very closely-spaced load points

From Fanø, the northernmost and most famous Danish Wadden Sea island , the harbour in Esbjerg can easily be seen. Starting in Brande, Denmark, the freight safely arrived here after nine hours on the road. The Danish regulations for road transport presented only one of many challenges for the Mammoet team. All bridges negotiated on the route could only be loaded with a maximum 14 t axle load. In addition, the closely-spaced load points – the main load was distributed over a length of 3.2 metres – made the transport even more difficult which is why Mammoet decided in favour of two 600 mm high securing means for load distribution.

The total length of transport was 68 metres including the two tractor units whilst the dimensions of the nacelle reached a very impressive 16.6 x 6.5 x 6.9 meters. After setting off from Brande, the transport continued along mostly well-constructed federal highways. Transportation only became more difficult once again at the entrance to the harbour but here the InterCombi scored top marks through its excellent manoeuvrability

The InterCombi platform vehicle

InterCombi platform vehicles from SCHEUERLE have been developed to handle challenging assignments not only for long-distance road transportation but also to meetthe special requirements involved in moving enormous loads of plant and construction units on industrial sites. Designed for a 36 t technical axle load and towing speeds of up 80 km/h, the InterCombi series from SCHEUERLE provides the operator with a cost-effective and reliable transport solution.

 

More about the companies of the TII Group:

Transporters from SCHEUERLE, NICOLAS and KAMAG are recognised across the world for their advanced technology and special product quality. Reliability in daily use, high load capacity and a long working life make the vehicles a very important component of modern logistical operations. The history of vehicle technology for heavy transport vehicles is closely connected with the names SCHEUERLE, NICOLAS and KAMAG. The companies combine tradition and innovation and belong to the company group of the Heilbronn entrepreneur Otto Rettenmaier. The TII Group – Transporter Industry International and is world market leader in the development and manufacture of heavy-duty transport vehicles.

 

Comment of one of my readers:

Dear Richard,
I don’t want to be seen as a “nit-picker” on a public forum but the 275-ton nacelle transport would be a good example for a detailed discussion of do’s and dont’s and how to plan better.

1. The big jobs with 1000-ton and more indivisible loads mostly go without incident . Everyone takes special care, the best engineers and operators are assigned and a lot of effort goes into the planning.

2. Most accidents and incidents happen in the 80-ton to 300-to range. Everyone has gotten used to them. “Load-and-go” is the motto!

3. Platform trailers by very definition are supposed to be ”platt’ when loaded and in this case a study of the load diagrams supplied with the trailer would have indicated that thicker shims needed to be inserted between modules to pre-stress the trailer or if not then a longer load distribution frame should have been used. Platform- , not Banana Trailer.

4. I have seen a similar rig burst a number of tires under the centre to everyones surprise when crossing an on-site railway spur. The wheels simply had no place to go.A few hundred dollars gone in a second.

5. Lateral stability is another concern. A ruptured hose on a trailer without safety check-valves could result in a very big thump ! Spend a little money and effort to fit 4 feet on the subframe that travel 10cms above ground and you are prepared for all eventualities.

6. How about using two axle lines side-by-side ?

I would not have signed off this transport.

 

BTB adds 750 tonne Liebherr mobile crane

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Oct 292013
 

Berlin-based BTB Logistik in Germany has added a new 750 tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 wheeled mobile telescopic crane to its lifting fleet.

From left to right: Andreas Malischewski, BTB Logistik; Mathias Kutz, BTB Logistik; Dieter Schwarz, BTB Logistik; Johannes Metzger, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen

From left to right: Andreas Malischewski, BTB Logistik; Mathias Kutz, BTB Logistik; Dieter Schwarz, BTB Logistik; Johannes Metzger, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen

The crane was handed over to Andreas Malischewski, BTB Logistik CEO, at the Ehingen factory in Germany. “The LTM 1750-9.1 will be used in the wind industry and in refineries and chemical plants as well as for transshipments in ports. We are also intending to use the new mobile crane for bridge construction on motorways in Brandenburg,” explained Malischewski.

The 9-axle crane will replace a 500 tonne capacity LTM 1500-8.1 in BTB’s fleet.  SOURCE: KHL

Wind turbine tower tipped over in France

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Oct 252013
 

A heavy transport with a wind turbine tower tipped over in France close to Oisy et Clamecy.

 

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Un convoi de grande longueur transportant un élément (39 mètres de long) d’une des éoliennes en construction près de Oisy et Clamecy approchait de sa destination, vers 16 h, ce mercredi, et roulait sur la RN 151, venant de la direction de Varzy, à hauteur de la RD 143 (carrefour vers Le Plessis et Villaine).  Continue reading “Wind turbine tower tipped over in France” »

Sennebogen 5500 on Neeb wind farm

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Oct 082013
 

A new Sennebogen 5500 crawler crane has been put to work at a wind farm in Westphalia, Germany.

Written by Laura Hatton – 04 Oct 2013

A new Sennebogen 5500 crawler crane has been put to work at a wind farm in Westphalia, Germany. The 180 tonne capacity lattice boom crawler is owned by international crane company Gustav A Neeb (Neeb). Tasks include daily loading and unloading of wind turbine components from trucks. The turbine components weigh up to 64 tonnes. To carry out the lifts the 5500 has been configured with 41 metre boom and is fitted with a 120 kN winch. Gustav Armin Neeb, owner of Gustav A Neeb, said, "With the Sennebogen 5500 crawler crane we can work with extreme flexibility and we are even safely underway under load. Even after a short time the high reliability has already convinced us."

The new Sennebogen 5500 crawler crane 

The 180 tonne capacity lattice boom crawler is owned by international crane company Gustav A Neeb (Neeb). Tasks include daily loading and unloading of wind turbine components from trucks. The turbine components weigh up to 64 tonnes. To carry out the lifts the 5500 has been configured with 41 metre boom and is fitted with a 120 kN winch. Continue reading “Sennebogen 5500 on Neeb wind farm” »

First Liebherr LG 1750 to Canada

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Sep 252013
 

Construction and engineering company Surespan Wind Energy Services in Canada has added a Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom mobile crane to its fleet.

The LG 1750 at the South Kent Wind farm, Southern Ontario, Canada

The LG 1750 at the South Kent Wind farm, Southern Ontario, Canada

The LG 1750 has already been sent to its first job at the South Kent Wind farm, in Southern Ontario, where Surespan is helping erect 124 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. The wind farm is a joint venture between Pattern Energy and Samsung.

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Beautiful overview of Keppel Verolme shipyard during a crisp clear day. Moored in the bottom of the photo are the jack-up barges JB 117 and JB 118

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Sep 202013
 
'Beautiful overview of Keppel Verolme shipyard during a crisp clear day. Moored in the bottom of the photo are the jack-up barges JB 117 and JB 118.'' Photo : Skeyes www.skeyesphoto.com ©

‘Beautiful overview of Keppel Verolme shipyard during a crisp clear day. Moored in the bottom of the photo are the jack-up barges JB 117 and JB 118.” Photo : Skeyes www.skeyesphoto.com ©

NEW HYDROHAMMER FOR SEAWAY HEAVY LIFTING

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Sep 182013
 

Two BOEKESTIJN Cranes holding at the IHC-MERWEDE premises in Kinderdijk the brand new heaviest S-2500 hydrohammer for owner SEAWAY HEAVY LIFTING during the first test blows, witnessed by SEAWAY HEAVY LIFTING office managers and partly crew of Engine Room crew of the OLEG STRASHNOV.

IHC Hammer 261-18-09-2013

The IHC S-2500 hydraulic underwater hammer is a universal pile-driving tool for use in air and under water. It is the world’s largest IHC piling hammer.  Continue reading “NEW HYDROHAMMER FOR SEAWAY HEAVY LIFTING” »

Alstom Haliade 150 (EN). The new world’s largest wind turbine??

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Sep 152013
 

Alstom Haliade 150 (EN). The new world's largest wind turbine.

Comments on YouTube:

The diameter is not proportional to the power. The power depends on the diameter but also the type of wind to which the turbine is designed. The kind of wind is determined by the IEC 61400-1 regulation. According to the wind turbulence it is classified into class A, B, C. According to the annual average wind speed, it is classified in Class I, II, III, IV. For example, the Enercon E-126 is a class IA, it means that it is designed for high winds and areas with high turbulence. Continue reading “Alstom Haliade 150 (EN). The new world’s largest wind turbine??” »

Project Report: Egytrans/ ETAL busy in wind turbine blade transports in Egypt

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Jul 012013
 

Egytrans/ETAL uses its brand new extendable trailers for the first time in a prestigious contract to transport 100 wind turbine blade containers  from Alexandria Port to Gabal el Zeit (mountains off the Red Sea), a distance of approximately 600 Kms.

Total Project includes 100 blade containers.

Each container contains 3 wind turbine blades for a 2 Mw Camesa Wind turbine

Blade  Containers each

40.38 L

4.22 W

3.00 H

36,450 W/T

See pictures below:

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New generation pile gripper frames delivered to Offshore Wind Force

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Jun 072013
 

Dutch ULSTEIN subsidiary Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions completed the delivery, installation and testing of two pile gripper frames (PGF) to Offshore Wind Force JV on 2 June 2013.

GRipper Ulstein158-07-06-2013The PGF’s will be used by DONG Energy West of Duddon Sands (UK) Limited and Scottish Power Renewables (WODS) Limited for the installation of mono-pile foundations in the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm offshore UK. The customised pile gripper frames combine smart engineering with the latest in control technology, and are unique in that they are retractable and the lower weight of their design makes them more cost-effective. The pile gripper frames are designed and built for operations in harsh weather conditions and will hold the mono-pile foundations securely in place whilst they are being hammered into the seabed.

“We are grateful to Offshore Wind Force for entrusting us with this project. Our close cooperation with them and our subcontractors in all phases of the project, from engineering and procurement through to construction and installation, has resulted in a quality end product with several unique attributes,” says Arjan Boezeman, Director of Concepts and Sales in Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions. “Ulstein Idea has developed the pile gripper from study to final implementation. The design has been tailor-made for this project and also our specific operational requirements. This has resulted in a unique design which has proven to be cost-effective,” says Rob van Gemert, Project Director Offshore Wind Force. The jack-up platforms the PGFs are built for have increased cargo, crane and deck space capacity, allowing both 4-5 foundations (mono-piles) and the same number of transition pieces to be taken on board at the shore base and then be transported and installed offshore in one logistical sequence. In order to match this sequence, the PGFs have been made retractable, meaning that they can be lowered 12 metres down from the jack-up platform deck for the installation of each mono-pile foundation and then be raised to the deck again before the transition piece is installed. This unique property of the PGF design makes it possible to install the foundation and then grout the transition piece on top of the foundation in a singular process, optimising the utilisation of the jack-up platform’s capacity. “This PGF design sets a new standard for mission equipment for the offshore installation market. Its unique combination of functionalities and robust design contributes to safe and cost-efficient installation of mono-pile foundations,” ends Boezeman.

The load out of the transformator platform 288 MW onboard the Wagenborg 7 barge in Bremerhaven for the Meerwind project

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May 192013
 
The load out of the transformator platform 288 MW onboard the Wagenborg 7 barge in Bremerhaven for the Meerwind project Photo : Joop Waeijen ©

The load out of the transformator platform 288 MW onboard the Wagenborg 7 barge in Bremerhaven for the Meerwind project Photo : Joop Waeijen ©

Royal Wagenborg keeps busy in Logistical Services for Wind Turbine parts

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Mar 022013
 

Several German Offshore Wind farms are still under construction on the North Sea. To name a few: Borkum West II (80 x 5 Mw), Bard Offshore Windfarm 1 (80x 5 Mw).

The Dutch port of Eemshaven is a logistical center and serves as an assembly and storage yard for the various wind turbine components, which are built in Germany and either transported by road to the Eemshaven by extendable trailers, coaster vessels or barges and or a mixtures of these transport means.

The tower sections are transported on 2 x 6 axel line SPMT's with spacer beams in order to increase the trailer length

The tower sections are transported on 2 x 6 axle line SPMT’s with spacer beams in order to increase the trailer length. Using the hydraulic suspension system of the SPMT’s the tower sections can be loaded/unloaded without the use of cranes on the storage yard.

Tower Section Transport

A strong cooperation between different Wagenborg divisions, and again a clear case of the complete and complex logistical solutions that can be provided in-house by Royal Wagenborg; that is in short how Royal Wagenborg’s involvement in the logistical operations for the Borkum West II offshore wind farm project can be described.

GeoSub Jackup Barge installing 5 mw Wind turbine rotor

GeoSub Jackup Barge installing 5 mw Wind turbine rotor

Borkum West II is an offshore wind farm located around 45 kilometres North of Borkum in the North Sea. When completed, a total number of 80 Areva MultiBrid M5000 wind turbines, each with a rated capacity of 5 MW, will provide sufficient output to power nearly 250.000 households annually. Phase 1 of the project, consisting of the commissioning of the first 40 wind turbines, is expected to ready in 2013. Continue reading “Royal Wagenborg keeps busy in Logistical Services for Wind Turbine parts” »

Liebherr LR 1600/2-W: 600 tonne crawler crane on narrow crawler travel

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Feb 072013
 

Liebherr – LR 1600/2-W: 600 tonne crawler crane on narrow crawler travel gear

With its narrow crawler chassis, the LR 1600/2-W is optimised for use in wind parks, for it can travel fully equipped on the tracks between the assembly locations of the individual wind turbines. The crane is supported for lifting operations. Continue reading “Liebherr LR 1600/2-W: 600 tonne crawler crane on narrow crawler travel” »