Osprey has transported and installed a marine loading arm at an aviation terminal in the UK on behalf of DHL Industrial Projects.


The terminal receives fuel from tanker vessels; the loading arm connects to the tankers’ manifolds. It weighed 35 tonnes and measured 21 m long.

Osprey said: “Previously, these loading arms might have been transported and installed with a crane barge or sheerleg. The solution – designed in conjunction with our client – involved using a geared capacity vessel to load the marine loading arm, bring it from Sheerness across the Medway – a 45-minute sailing – and berth at the jetty. Then, having calculated the tide influences, we lifted, up ended, and installed the marine loading arm onto its foundations.”