May 15 - The UK's Port of Tyne is seeing increasing volumes of project cargo and recently enjoyed a visit by the Seven Oceans cable laying vessel, which berthed at the port's Riverside Quay, to load an offshore skidding system, weighing 120 tonnes and mea

The port authority says that Seven Oceans was an unusual sight. The vessel, fitted with two large reels, is 30 m high and able to lift 400 tonnes.

IHC Engineering Business, based at the Port of Tyne, has been constructing equipment for subsea use and will eventually load-out a number of gigantic modules of project cargo later in the year - all ultimately destined for the offshore market. These will include a 500 tonne pipe laying tower and a 250 tonne crane.

Alasdair Kerr, Port of Tyne commercial manager said: "This type of project cargo requires specialised experience to execute these complex cargo movements. The Port of Tyne provides skilled labour to handle the equipment safely on and off Riverside Quay."

Alan Conway, construction manager at IHC Engineering Business Ltd, said: "Our location at the Port of Tyne means we are well placed to use skilled labour and handle high and heavy equipment. It's a good working relationship which will develop further when more modules are assembled at the port and trialed and tested over the coming months."