dship Carriers has successfully transported a 750-metric-ton Pile Installation Frame (PIF), measuring 33.5 x 33.5 x 29 meters, as well as other offshore and seabed equipment from Rotterdam, Netherlands to An Ping, Taiwan.
dship Carriers was awarded by Seaway 7 for this offshore windfarm project. dship Carriers executed the project using the company’s newly acquired MV Bruce, the latest vessel in a new series of economic F-500 multi-purpose heavy lift vessels as part of dship Carriers’ fleet expansion program.
With a 75-meter-long main cargo hold, adjustable tween decks and various stowage options, MV Bruce is perfectly suited for executing projects in the renewable energy industry.
The offshore renewables installation units, with a total volume of 36,964 cubic meters and an overall weight of 3,328 metric tons, required intensive engineering work to ensure their safe transportation and an overall successful project execution.
dship’s access to expert teams of naval architects and engineers with a shipbuilding and offshore installation background, ensured for proper and detailed preparation from the very beginning. These included structural and hydrostatic analysis as well as ship motion & hydrodynamic analysis.
Due to the small footprint of the Pile Installation Frame (PIF) and the high load, a special load-spreading design with Heavy Lift Platforms (HLP) was developed for the hatch covers.
“The development of the overall stowing and seafastening concept took several months and was conducted with the support of LOC Germany. We express our special thanks at this point,” said Hauke Bindemann, Supercargo / Port Captain, dship Carriers.
”During the structural analysis, it was observed that the HLP would need to be re-enforced to withstand the potential acting forces during ocean transport.”
After arrival of the cargo in An Ping, Taiwan, the final installation of the pin piles was executed by Seaway 7’s vessel Seaway Yudin.
“Constant communication with all parties involved was the key. We demonstrated our ability to handle projects like this during all stages of transport, while delivering safety and defining logistics by offering solutions to fully comply with very high offshore standards and requirements given by our clients,” said Lars Feller, Global Vice President, dship Carriers.