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SAL bridges the gap in Norway

SAL Heavy Lift has delivered 12 road bridge sections from China to Norway

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SAL bridges the gap in Norway

The Beitstadsundbrua bridge is part of the largest road construction project in northern Trøndelag. It will measure 580m in length and will connect the municipalities of Steinkjer and Malm, crossing the Beitstadfjorden. The bridge will make travelling between the northern parts of Trøndelag county considerably safer, as well as reduce travelling time significantly.


SAL’s heavy lift vessel TRINA (Type 176) was chartered to ship twelve bridge sections from Nantong, China to Malm, Norway. Together they weigh 2,800 tonnes, with the heaviest unit weighing 426 tonnes (73.8m x 9m x 5.8m) and the longest unit measuring 75m x 5.9m x 5.8m (327 tonnes).

TRINA discharging 73.8m long, 321 tonnes bridge section onto SPMTs on the 20m wide jetty
TRINA discharging 73.8m long, 321 tonnes bridge section onto SPMTs on the 20m wide jetty

With a total of four single lifts and eight tandem lifts, the SAL experts were able to stow the vsections in two layers under deck and one layer on deck.


“It took us 35 days to directly sail to Malm from Nantong," said Sune Thor-leifsson, Head of Projects at SAL. "Despite the difficult conditions in the port of Malm, with a jetty that is only 20m wide and a 2m tidal range, it took just six days to deliver 20,668 m3 of cargo to our client.”


Due to local port regulations all sections were directly discharged onto SPMTs on the jetty, 25m from alongside the vessel. A tailor-made mooring arrangement contributed to the success of the discharging operations.


“During the period of discharge of the bridge segments onto SPMTs for transport to Fosdalen-Industrier AS’s assembly site, we experienced good and professional collaboration with SAL,” said Terje Skjevik, Owner & CEO of Fosdalen-Industrier AS.


"We are very satisfied with the overall performance, on HSE, on technical aspects and on schedule keeping. All parties knew the challenging environment for the discharge, in spite of these challenges the operation and collaboration was excellent.”


Installation works are planned to start around Easter. The entire road building project, which involves building new and improved roads between the towns of Sprova, Malm and Dyrstad, should be finished and open to the public by the end of 2019.


SAL’s general agent in Norway is Alex Birger Grieg AS.

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