August 25 - The special project department of Blue Water Shipping has been involved in the transport of two large accommodation modules, weighing up to 650 tonnes.

Blue Water also assisted with the lifting and installation of the modules on board Maersk Guardian, as part of its conversion from a drilling rig into an accommodation platform.

The accommodation modules, built in Gdynia, Poland, were transported by barge and tug to the Port of Frederikshavn, Denmark, for Semco Maritime. After the sea fastenings had been released, the complex lifting and installation process could begin.

For the lifting operations, Blue Water chartered the sheerleg Matador 3, which has a lifting capacity of 1,800 tonnes, and supplied its own riggers and equipment to position the modules on board.

Prior to the lifting operation, bumpers and guides were welded to the deck of the rig and the modules, with the final positioning executed by a combination of chain blocks on the inside for pulling and hydraulic jacks on the outside for pushing, explained Blue Water.