Smit Lamnalco provides support for float-overProjects and Operations // July 22, 2014
Five vessels from Smit Lamnalco played an important role in the unberthing and float-over of the world's largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) platform, DolWin beta, at Drydocks World - Dubai.
Five escort tugs, with more than a combined 450 tonnes bollard pull power, provided marine support during the unberthing process but also in the 24-mile tow offshore and its float-over on to the heavy transport vessel, the Dockwise owned and operated Mighty Servant 1.
The 29,000 tonne semi-submersible heavy transport vessel, owned by Boskalis subsidiary Dockwise, is capable of transporting some of the world's largest offshore structures which include the bigger semi-submersible drilling units and deep water jack-up rigs. In this operation, she was deployed to ship the massive DolWin beta structure to Haugesund in Norway, where the platform will be commissioned prior to deployment in the German North Sea.
With a capacity of more than 900 MW, the platform will host power conversion equipment for three offshore windfarms.
"With Boskalis owning 50 per cent of Smit Lamnalco, our group has once again demonstrated and delivered an integrated marine service capability across the widest of clients in the oil and gas industry" said Ian Hugo, the company's Regional Managing Director Middle East & Indian Subcontinent. "Our tugs and crews delivered the vital role in the safe and efficient unberthing and transfer of the DolWin beta, whilst the Mighty Servant 1 waited offshore before the float on and transit to Europe."