ALE’s latest marine investment, the SARAH S barge, has been deployed on its inaugural job to transport transition pieces (TPs) for the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.
ALE was contracted to provide the specialist offshore engineering as well as the marine transportation, sea-fastening, load-out and ballasting of over 100 TPs for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One.
The company began their heavy lifting and transportation scope in March, loading-out the TPs, each weighing 337t and measuring 25m high, from the fabrication yard onto the barge and performing the sea-fastening and marine transport.
Once on the SARAH S barge, the TPs are transported on the River Tees to the discharge berth.
So far, ALE has loaded-out the first five TPs and has completed the first discharge onto the installation vessel. The operations are expected to last until the end of 2018.
“This project demonstrates our ability to offer the full, specialist marine scope of work. From utilising our internal expertise and engineering unique solutions, to offering an extensive fleet and operative skills, we can manage the complete project,” said Steve Small, Commercial Manager – Marine, ALE.
The first of the wind farm’s 174 TPs was installed at the site some 120 kilometres off the coast of Yorkshire at the beginning of this month.