HTV BigLift Baffin arrives in the North Sea with the topside of Dogger Bank A
The heavy transport vessel, HTV BigLift Baffin, which departed from Aibel ship yard in Thailand, arrived in Haugesund, Norway on June 26th. Abiel is a service company in the oil, gas and offshore wind industries.
The HTV BigLift Baffin was carrying the Dogger Bank A, the first ever High-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platform exported from Thailand, with a load weight of close to 9000 tons. BigLift Baffin has a redundant ballast capacity of 12000 cubic metres per hour to take this loads.
Manufactured by Dogger Bank, this world-first in HVDC offshore platforms slashes topside weight by 70%. It is also the first of its kind connected to an offshore wind farm.
Dogger Bank A Wind Farm is one of the three sections of an offshore wind farm being developed off the North East coast of England, located between 130km and 190km from the shore. Together, they will be the largest offshore wind farm globally, with each phase able to power up to 6 million homes.