Global Port Services has completed pre-assembly activities for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm at the Port of Nigg in Scotland.
Siemens Gamesa awarded Global Port Services with a contract for onshore crane and logistics operations which covered the provision of heavy lift crawler cranes under contract lift, SPMTs and associated lifting personnel for all loading/offloading, storage, and marshalling of wind tower components at the pre-assembly site.
Scopes also included CPA crane hire and specialist labour to support offshore operations with mobilising the installation vessel, the Pacific Orca, whilst berthed alongside at Nigg.
“Through the scope of works that GPSS supplied within the onshore marshalling Port of Nigg, it enabled SGRE to successfully build the project utilising GPSS’s heavy lift crawler cranes and SPMT’s to manoeuvre our wind turbine components around, whilst also using GPSS’s associated labour for all loading/offloading and storage of these components,'' Colin Brown, Senior Project Manager – Offshore Wind for Siemens Gamesa, said.
''Throughout the course of our works on site, GPSS worked with us to achieve the best solutions for the project, utilising the skilled teams employed by them to deliver when required. These works were carried out not only to a high standard but also safely, managing to reach the end of the project with zero LTI’s with over 48,000 man hours worked. Myself and my wider team would happily work with GPSS again on any future projects.”
Global Port Services was also awarded the port services & facilities management contract for all pre-assembly support services to Siemens Gamesa which included quayside logistics, supply of plant and equipment, refuelling services, procurement and labour supply over the 18 month period.
Another component of the project was the port agency services contract, awarded to Global Port Services’ Shipping Division, enabling support for all vessel movements related to pre-assembly activities for the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
Beatrice, once fully operational, will be Scotland's largest offshore wind farm, comprising 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines the last five of which are currently being installed in Outer Moray Firth.