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Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge and J-Lay Tower

Ocean going tug Fairmount Alpine has delivered Allseas' large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 in Rotterdam after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots. Tug Fairmount Expedition delivered the biggest component of the 120 metres high J-Lay tower for one of the world’s biggest crane vessels, the Saipem 7000, offshore Burgas, Bulgaria.

Barge Iron Lady 1 is 200 metres long and 58 metres wide. Fairmount Alpine with the Iron Lady 1 on tow departed from Shanghai mid-August and sailed via Cape of Good Hope to Rotterdam. During the voyage, bunkers were taken at Singapore, Mauritius and along the African coast.

J-Lay Tower for Saipem

The tower component of the J-Lay tower was loaded on Saipem’s cargo barge S42. Ocean going tug Fairmount Expedition then towed the barge from Ravenna, Italy, non-stop to Bulgaria with an average speed of 8 knots. Here, the tug also assisted during the off-loading.

The barge S42 is 125 metres long and 30 metres wide, loaded with the J-lay tower it weighed 3407 ton.

Picture: The Fairmount Alpine with the Iron Lady 1 (by Fairmount).

Below an picture of the J-Lay tower on Saipem’s cargo barge (please click the pop-out link – the little squares at the bottom right – to view the picture in its proper dimensions / by Fairmount).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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