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Hansa Heavy Lift transports giant carousel to Nigeria’s Egina oil field

HHL has transported a giant carousel together with eight reels, weighing a total of 3,508.7 mt. (Image source: Saipem)

Germany-headquartered Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL), global provider of marine lifting solutions for cargo weighing, has transported a giant carousel together with eight reels, weighing a total of 3,508.7 mt, from the UK’s Newcastle to Nigeria’s Egina oil field

The voyage took place on board the heavy lift vessel HHL Lagos, which was mobilised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to prepare the vessel with additional deck strength for the extra-large carousel, weighing more than 2,200 mt including spooled product and had a diameter of more than 25 metres.

“Close connection between the HHL engineering, superintendents and the vessels crew allowed for fast deck reinforcement through the installation of additional under-deck stiffeners and a spooling platform,” said Tom Kröger, project engineer at HHL.

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

“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.”

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

The HHL 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.

Aiming to expand its footprints in Africa’s oil and gas industry, HHL moved subsea equipment for the development of Africa’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) integrated oil and gas development project, about 60km off the coast of Ghana in April 2018.

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