Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group has utilised two Modulift spreader beams to lift a series of sheathed spiral strand mooring lines, manufactured at the former’s Neptune Quay facility in Newcastle, UK, for Bluewater Energy Services.
Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group is contracted to design and manufacture the mooring lines for Bluewater’s Aoka Mizu project, a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) site situated in the Lancaster field, offshore UK.
Seven 40-tonne units were loaded on to trailers at Neptune Quay using a 121-tonne capacity Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour crane with MOD 70 spreader beams, for onward transportation to the Lancaster site.
The Modulift spreader beams were supplied with end units, drop links and interchangeable struts. These struts could be bolted into the assembly between the end units to either lengthen or shorten the beam to suit the requirements of the lift.
Simon Frost, senior project manager at Bridon-Bekaert, explained that an additional spreader beam, complete with Modulift slings and shackles below-the-hook, was required to lift the reel that contained the spare line.
The mooring lines feature a minimum breaking load of 1,713 tonnes and an overall length of 145.5 m pin to pin.