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Hansa Heavy Lift weighs in with oil field carousel shipment

Hansa Heavy Lift has transported a giant carousel together with eight reels, weighing an aggregate 3,509 tonnes from Newcastle, UK to Lagos, Nigeria, destined for the Egina Oil Field managed by Saipem

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The voyage took place on board the heavy lift vessel HHL LAGOS, which was mobilised in Rotterdam, to prepare the vessel with additional deck strength for the extra-large carousel, which weighs over 2,200 tonnes including spooled product and had a diameter of over 25m.


“Close connection between the Hansa Heavy Lift engineering, superintendents and the vessels crew allowed for a fast deck reinforcement through the installation of additional under-deck stiffeners and a spooling platform,” said Tom Kröger, Project Engineer, Hansa Heavy Lift


“Our in-house team of experienced naval architects carried out structural calculations to assess the structural integrity of the vessel.


“The team performed structural analyses to develop a tailor-made solution accordingly with the project related requirements and designed and installed bespoke shim-plates on deck to support Saipem with the accommodation of the carousel.”

The giant carousel was shipped with eight reels. (Photo: Saipem)
The giant carousel was shipped with eight reels. (Photo: Saipem)

Saipem in cooperation with Hansa Heavy Lift installed the empty carousel, which weighed 516 tonnes, together with the required equipment, on the vessel before sailing to Newcastle, where the cargo spooling took place.


The Hansa Heavy Lift team worked with Saipem upon arrival at the port of Lagos to achieve double banking with Saipem offshore construction vessel NORMAND MAXIMUS to unspool the products from the carousel.


“Hansa Heavy Lift was an excellent partner to work with on this project, and the team impressed us with its efficiency and high degree of detail,” said Paris-based chartering broker Olivier Credoz.

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