A demanding job in demanding conditions
Dockwise, the world's biggest seagoing heavy transport shipping company, operates a fleet of 23 ships and semi-submersible vessels. For this job the company called up the Black Marlin, an open-stern heavy transport vessel.
The ship, and the company, faced some significant requirements. First they would have to safely load and transport the topside platform to the transportation site. At 18,900 metric tonnes (t) and 124 meters (m) tall, the topside was one of southeast Asia’s largest offshore platforms. Second, the float-over installation needed to be carried out without damaging the existing, and extensive, underwater infrastructure in a field that dates back to 1978.