April 6 - ACE Winches staff recently celebrated the completion of their largest manufacturing contract, worth GBP4.2 million (USD6.67 million) for Superior Energy Services, based in Houston, USA, which was partly delivered on the world's largest plane, th
ACE Winches, a leading deck machinery specialist, has designed and manufactured an electrically driven 8-point mooring spread at its global headquarters based near Turriff, Scotland. The complete winch package has been designed to be capable of operating in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees C. The ABS certified winches are tailored to meet the mooring requirements of the barge, which will be working in extreme water climates in the Arctic.
The ACE winch package began its voyage from Auchterless, near Turriff, Scotland. The first shipment of winches weighing 125 tonnes was delivered on three lorries to Southampton; it was then shipped to Baltimore, USA, and is now on route overland to its final destination.
The second shipment was required by the client to be delivered ahead of planned schedule. The winch package also weighing 125 tonnes was exported by air from Glasgow Prestwick Airport on an Antonov 225.
ACE Winches says that this is the heaviest load ever to be exported by air from Scotland. The combined weight of the load and aircraft (550 tonnes) required a number of stops onroute to refuel including; Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and St. Paul, Minneapolis, USA. The Antonov 225 made its final landing in Moses Lake Airport in Washington, USA before the cargo was transported by truck to reach its final destination.
Pictured below, we see the ACE winch package being loaded onto the Antonov 225.