BigLift Barentsz transporting a Jackup rig (1)

VIDEO: BigLift Barentsz Transports 11,700 mt Jackup

Recently, BigLift Barentsz loaded an 11,700 mt jackup platform in Flushing, the Netherlands, to bring it to the West of Africa. Within three weeks the platform was safely delivered to its destination.

The jackup platform has an overall breadth of 75 m and its legs are 133 m high. The BigLift Barentsz has a large, flush deck of 125 x 42 m, with high deck strength and a uniform grid of bulkheads and web frames, all completed with a sophisticated ballast system.

Watch a video of the loading operation below.

Short Lead-time

With a very short lead-time – only three weeks between signing contract and starting loading operations – all design and engineering, procurement and construction was completed by BigLift's in-house project team. For load spreading purposes, 60 cbm of cribbing wood was securely positioned on BigLift Barentsz' deck.

Loading Operation

The platform stood waiting in the water of the port of Flushing, when BigLift Barentsz slowly inched itself underneath with its own engines, two bow anchors, four cross wires from its own winches to the platform and a stern tug. Once the vessel had been meticulously lined up with the jackup’s frames, the platform could safely be lowered to land on deck.

Both the loading and discharge operation were performed within the course of a single day.

Author: Mariska

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