Smulders Projects at Wallsend

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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:52 am

The barges are multiplying and doing a maritime version of the three card trick
On the 06/08/2017 UR 96 was alongside at A&P and ready to go to sea (see later)
UR 98 was alongside Smulders with two more wind farm foundations loaded.
UR 97 had moved up from Howdon and was alongside at Smulders and
UR 902 was waiting down at Howdon.

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UR 98 loaded

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UR 98 loaded

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UR 97 waiting to load
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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:01 am

The first two of the Smulders wind farm foundations sailed from A&P 06/08/2017

Long range photo from the north side showing the barge and assembled tugs ready to go, but then it came on to rain so I left.

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Fortunately Kevin Blair stayed on and captured these a couple of hours later from the south bank.

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Photo by Keven Blair

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Photo by Keven Blair

Lead tug CENTAURUS and tail end charlies FORTH & SVITZER TYNE

See photos of CENTAURUS on her own at: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22827&p=49902#p49902
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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby northeast » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:50 pm

Good to see Kevin's out and about, he doesn't mind the rain you know ;)
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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:02 am

Following on from Richard's post, the four legged structures are for the Beatrice offshore wind farm, which is in the Moray Firth.
Smulders are reported to have 28 of these, so that's 14 barge loads.
They also have a contract for 11 structures for Aberdeen Bay and it seems that these are 3 legged or tripod bases.
The first of these tripods is under construction now and is being anchored into these tubs that have arrived.
Apparently the tubs are "suction bucket foundations" and are a new way of attaching the structures to the sea bed.

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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:21 am

Barge UR98 loaded and ready to go 10/08/2017

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and then going later in the day, towed by PEGASUS

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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:25 am

Barge UR97 loaded but moved across to A&P at Hebburn waiting her turn to go.
The stern of SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH under construction on the quayside.

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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:27 am

Barge UR902 alongside at Howdon waiting for her turn to move up to Smulders.

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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:59 am

A set of quad-legs under construction at Smulders 10/08/2017

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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby Whickham » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:27 pm

Barge UR97 towed by KAMARINA leaves 14/08/2017.

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Photo by Kevin Blair

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See details of KAMARINA at: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22893&p=50096#p50096
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Re: Smulders Projects at Wallsend

Postby gratkinson62 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:09 pm

Peterhead has been selected by Boskalis to base their dredging units for the Aberdeen wind farm while the operators of the wind farm have leased office and shed space within Aberdeen Harbour for the 'lifetime of the project'
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