MV “Beluga Recognition” transports huge reels for offshore project

MV “Beluga Recognition” transports huge reels for offshore project

Tight time line challenged the team from Beluga Shipping: Tailored solution for the transport of various items from several harbours and different project partners.

Four ports, three countries and four reels with diameters up to 12.5 metres and weighing up to 377 tons was the challenge that the team of Beluga Shipping was able to take despite a tight schedule and the short time for preparing the transport. Just less than two weeks was needed to complete successfully the transport of the reels and additional offshore equipment on MV “Beluga Recognition” for the so-called Gjøa Project.

Anika Kerkow, the assigned Beluga Project Engineer says: “Usually we take advantage of several months to arrange for such projects, this time we received first notice very shortly before we were supposed to start loading. Inspite of such unfavourable conditions we were able to maintain our superior safety standards for a demanding customer like Statoil. Our know-how and long-term experience allows us to carry out such projects safely in a relatively short period. By the means of our own manpower and an excellent network of transportation specialists around the globe we are able to build up a team of experts very quickly – and to deliver full service!”

Safety enjoys utmost priority in a Beluga-led project: The responsible Project Manager Nicola Pacifico and his team consisting of Project Engineers, Cargo Superintendents, Operators and not least the crew of MV “Beluga Recognition” under the command of the experienced captain Gerhard Schulz provided for a first class performance.

The capabilities of the cranes and the vessel itself were revised and the respective certifications renewed to comply with the HSE offshore standards. Weld seams of stopping plates and lashings were checked by means of certified non-destructive tests in every port of loading. A representative of the Beluga Transport Engineering Department accompanied the complete voyage from September 29 to October 11, 2009 ensuring the sea-fastenings were checked and adjusted twice a day during the sea transport.

As a matter of course the detailed assistance and full service Beluga is known for was also guaranteed during all the loadings or respectively the discharge in the four ports along the voyage route Moss (Norway) – Karlskrona (Sweden) – Kalundborg (Denmark) – Florø (Norway). “Our vessels are – amongst others – designed for optimal accessibility of even smaller ports”, explains Roberto Frigeni, Head of the Beluga Transport Engineering and one of the involved Cargo Superintendents on site.

One of the challenges was to arrange a proper flow of information between a manifold conglomerate of involved partners – among them the customer, agents and manufacturers who all reside in different locations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. In addition, the route of the multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier led along the coast line of Scandinavia, one of the northernmost regions in the world. The project was scheduled in the beginning of fall/winter time and, thus, the MV “Beluga Recognition” faced some bad weather areas normal for this season. The encountered wind of 7 Beaufort, 1.5 to 2.0 meter waves and rolling angles up to 20 degrees again proved the high quality and validity of the standards the cargo was secured to. In addition, the loading and discharge had to be executed under partly unfavourable conditions as well.“

It was a multifaceted project which demanded a lot of technical and engineering skills but also excellent organisation and communication with the partners. By successfully completing it we could position ourselves once again as a reliable partner for the oil & gas industry”, resumes Project Manager Nicola Pacifico. Dagfinn R. Fingann, Logistics Coordinator at Statoil, confirms that the Gjøa Project team at Statoil is very satisfied with Beluga’s performance of the assignment. “We did experience some challenges during this project but these were professionally dealt with by Beluga’s engineers, officers and crew in a safe, secure and comforting manner.”

See more about the MV “Beluga Recogniton” and the R-Series


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