Sif Group expands its quay at the Port of Rotterdam
Offshore wind turbines foundation specialist Sif Group has completed the extension of its new quay at the Port of Rotterdam. The old quay wall was extended by 200 metres, leading to a total length of 600 metres and a retaining height of 30 metres.
The depth in combination with the height makes this quay side unique, as it is the deepest and strongest quay side of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This goes in line with the company’s goal to accommodate the ever-increasing size of the components it has to produce for various offshore wind farms.
The company aims to get involved in new projects in European, American and Asian countries, most of which involve wind turbines of 13 to 15 MW. According to Sif, the foundations of these piles have a diameter of over 9 metres with lengths of up to 100 metres. By the end of the third quarter last year Sif had a total throughput of approximately 88 kiloton of steel or 102 monopiles and 3 transition pieces.
Smart sensors were placed in the quay. These sensors are able to measure the forces the quay will experience during its lifetime, in order to closely monitor and maintain the integrity of the structure. The extension of the quay wall enables the company to support its clients even better with its marshalling and logistics activities.
With the latest expansion, up to 3 jack-up vessels can be loaded simultaneously at the quay in Sif’s terminal. This quay was developed especially to support the arrival these vessels. To remind, in 2020, Siemens Gamesa hired Sif ‘s new marshalling business on a deal running to 2023. The deal required Sif to lease an extra 20 hectares of terminal space which contractors can use for storage, logistics, assembly and demobilisation purposes, which resulted in the extension.