Transporting giants of the sea
Steelwind began manufacturing the wind turbine monopiles in July 2019, constructing 40 complete monopiles and 120 monopile segments from high-strength steel plate. Once built the monopiles needed to be loaded onto cargo ships and transported across the sea. Heavy-lift shipping and offshore transport contractor Jumbo Maritime was tasked with ferrying them to their final installation point.
Engineers, crew and dock loaders know that every inch of the monopiles’ journey from factory to installation comes with a potential threat to the project and to crew safety, from damage to the cargo, to missing narrow operating windows. Therefore, it is crucial that they can rely on equipment to help the project run smoothly and safely.
Having been crane-lifted with precision-engineering from dockside to ship, the port crew now need to ensure that these 90m-tall, 11m-diameter cylinders are secured safely and reliably for the long journey ahead, where they will face rough seas, extreme temperatures, and the lashing of rain and sea spray.
“Large scale projects mean big equipment, big equipment needs a lot of preparation, and preparation takes a lot of time,” says Peter Mathot, Senior Port Captain at Jumbo Maritime. “However, due to our contract, the time we have to get the cargo onboard safely and without damage is limited.”