March 18 - Blue Water Shipping and JV Baltic II Foundations - a joint venture between Hochtief and GeoSea - have cooperated on a project to ship 41 jacket-type foundations from Lindo, Denmark to the Baltic II wind farm in the Baltic Sea.

The foundations were sailed from Lindo to the wind farm, on which 80 3.6 MW turbines will be installed. The remaining turbines will be installed on monopiles, which are shipped out of Rostock.

"The project cannot be compared with any other project that we have handled as new and unexpected assignments were added constantly," said Kim Thygesen, general manager of Blue Water Lindo, stressing that the flexibility was particularly important for the project.

During the project period, JV Baltic II Foundations was offered office facilities at Blue Water's Lindo branch, while the company also coordinated accommodation for all staff involved.

Lutz Stehmeier, senior site manager at JV Baltic II Foundations, said that Blue Water's assistance in the project had contributed to speeding up the load-outs of the foundations.

"During the entire project, we have cooperated on the technical management and the operation of the barges and tug boats which were used for the transports," added Thygesen. "This included ballasting of the barges before, during and after loading, welding tests, securing of the foundations and port agency for the tug boats.

"We cooperated with several ports such as Trelleborg, Malmö and Korsor where the barges called into port for technical upgrading or when they were unable to continue their course towards the installation area due to bad weather."