Five highly-complex heavy lifts have taken place on the Tyne by the Dutch deepsea heavy lift ship Aegir, 50,228gt, operated by the Dutch-based Heerema Marine Contractors.
The Aegir was in the river for around two weeks during which five wind turbine jackets were transported, one at a time, down river on a barge from the Smulders Project UK facility at Wallsend to the port’s deepwater berth at Northumbrian Quay, North Shields.
The jackets, which are between 68m and 81m high and weigh 1,300 tons, have been constructed by the Belgian-based company as part of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off Aberdeen.
The Aegir, which is 211m long and 46m wide, is fitted with a 125m long and 96m high main crane, which has a 4,000 ton lifting capacity.
In each of the five operations, the ship would go alongside the barge and lifted off the jacket. Once it had been secured from the crane over the side of the ship, she sailed for Scotland. The Aegir then returned to the Tyne three days later to repeat the operation with the other four jackets.