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Borkum Riffgrund I: load out and sail away

01/08/2013

The summer is upon us, but things are by no means quiet at Bladt. Last week, we embarked on load-out and sea fastening of the jacket and substation for the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund I, and today was sail away day.

At 9 a.m., the barge with the total of approximately  5,000 tonnes of steel structures left the quay at Bladt Industries, Aalborg, heading for the German part of the North Sea where Dong Energy is establishing the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund I.

The substation and the jacket each weigh approximately 1,800 tons and were transported be means of multi wheelers to the quay where they were loaded onto the barge, Boabarge 36, with great care and precision. Additionally, eight steel pipes of 150 tons each which will be used to secure the jacket to the seabed have been loaded onto the barge with a crane, and all the structures have then properly been secured in order to make sure they stay on board during the long sail.

Load out, sea fastening and sail away has gone according to plan, and we are pleased to once again being able to deliver a successful a project on time.

Besides the jacket and the substation, Bladt is also fabricating the 77 monopile foundations for the project.