December 5 - SAL Heavy Lift has completed a series of complex shipments, totalling over 100,000 freight tonnes, for the Ichthys LNG project near Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory.

SAL was contracted by project freight forwarder SDV Asia to perform five shipments on a consecutive basis, from the load-ports of Sattahip, Masan, Busan and Shanghai. All shipments were discharged at the project's module offloading facility (MOF).

The vessel chosen for the project was SAL's type 176 ship Regine, which is equipped with two 700-tonne capacity cranes, together with a third mounted crane with a capacity of 350 tonnes.

Among the items transported were two acid gas removal units, each weighing more than 800 tonnes with the dimensions 42 m x 10.5 m x 10.8 m, and two radiant converter modules, each measuring 10.5 m x 10 m x 25 m and weighing 217 tonnes.

SAL explained that the radiant converter modules, in particular, provided the company with a significant challenge, since the client required them to be lifted with a single crane in the same shipment. Matters of lifting height, rigging geometry and clearances had to be solved, said SAL.


SAL's Regine.


A 768-tonne acid gas removal unit loaded onto SAL's Regine in Masan, South Korea.