First Load-out - ST³ Offshore

First Load-out


On the 24th of June 2016 our company began loading out the first Race Bank transition pieces (TP’s) onto one of three dedicated barges, for transport from Szczecin, Poland, to the port of Great Yarmouth in Great Britain.

The TP’s, each weighing 344 tonnes and with a height of 22 m, were all transported in the vertical position.  With all safety and security procedures checked, the new 1450 tonne, 120 m high, gantry crane has been vertically lifting batches of four TP’s and placing them onto a transport barge
(100 x 32m).

The barges have a series of special “rings”, where a group of qualified fitters has attached the TP’s onto the barge deck, with screws and special sea-fastenings, and therefore avoided the need for any deck welding.  For added safety and security, an additional mobile basket crane was also assisting the large gantry crane with the loading process.   

The TP load out cycle takes place every five days, as the barges shuttle the TP’s to Great Britain and where they collect four accompanying monopiles from the port of Nordenham on route.  
On the 24th of August the next, 11th load-out was taking place. This means that already 44 TP’s have left our facility to be installed in the North Sea.