Mammoet loads out five Kincardine floating wind platforms in Spain
Heavy lift specialist Mammoet has completed the load-out of five Kincardine offshore wind farm floating platforms at the Navantia Fene shipyard in Spain.
Mammoet leveraged previous experience at the yard when lining up the job. Furthermore the company stresses its preparedness to support the growth currently happening within the floating offshore wind market.
Considering the platforms’ weights, the surface conditions on the quay were of paramount importance. To minimise operational risk, Mammoet prepared the quay by installing hundreds of steel plates to level the surface in places where it had previously been uneven.
Furthermore, coordinating with various stakeholder groups flexibly was also required to execute each operation on schedule. This included organising each operation to meet the appropriate tide levels and weather conditions and marrying these with the availability of the specialist seagoing vessel contractor and Navantia Fene Shipyard.
Once the quay was prepared and the specialist seagoing vessel, the semi-sub Fjord docked, Mammoet had only a short window in which it could execute each operation. Mobilising 100 axle lines of SPMTs split between the three columns of the triangular footprint, the floating foundation was loaded onto the three sets of SPMTs, transferred 100 metres across the quay, and transversely loaded onto the vessel using 54 metres of RoRo ramps. Once unloaded and stabilised using sea-fastening equipment, the load-out was complete. Mammoet completed this operation five times over several months.
“Having worked at this quay before doing similar complex operations, it was the key factor to deliver the floating wind platforms successfully on time”, explains Mammoet Spain sales manager, Javier De Pablo Arenzana. He continues: “In addition to our pool of resources and equipment, this meant we were able to offer our client a high degree of flexibility in terms of the project schedule.”
“We believe these capabilities make us well-suited to supporting the growth of the offshore floating wind sector,” he concludes.