March 29 - ALE has been executing the handling and pre-assembly of imported towers, nacelles and blades to be used on the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK, with some rotor blades as long as 75 m and nacelles as heavy as 360 tonnes.

Where possible, the components have been rolled onto the vessel rather than lifted as it is safer and more cost effective method, claims ALE.

In a separate project, for the Race Bank and Galloper wind farms, also in the UK, ALE is undertaking similar work and is currently providing the pre-assembly operations for all wind components to be utilised on the respective wind farms. 

Dave Smith, projects operational manager, said: "ALE has invested heavily in state of the art equipment, training and personnel specifically for these projects.

The wind farm project sites include Green Port Hull, pre-assembly base for both the Dudgeon offshore wind and the Race Bank offshore farm and the pre-assembly base for the Galloper offshore wind farm in Great Yarmouth. 

Over the last nine months, ALE has performed almost 400 transport operations and executed over 300 lifts for multiple offshore wind contracts in the UK.