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Jumbo Shipping wraps up transport contract for DEME Offshore for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm

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Jumbo Shipping wraps up transport contract for DEME Offshore for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. Image: Jumbo SAL Alliance
Jumbo Shipping wraps up transport contract for DEME Offshore for Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. Image: Jumbo SAL Alliance
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Jumbo has completed the transport and handling of offshore wind turbine foundation components for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. Supporting DEME Offshore, Jumbo deployed its K-3000 class heavy lift vessel Fairmaster to carry out its scope of transporting 141 monopiles and 131 transition pieces from Rostock, Germany and Aalborg, Denmark to Eemshaven, the Netherlands.

The key asset that Jumbo brought to this project was the Fairmaster. This 152.9 metre-long heavy lift vessel, with two 1,500-tonne cranes, provided a flexible deck layout that very much benefited the project’s transport schedules. Jumbo could offer three different loading configurations without intermediate standby periods for re-configuration: five MPs loaded on deck and in the hold, six TPs and three MPs, or three TPs and four MPs. “This engineered flexible solution made it an extremely efficient vessel for the project and is one of the things we’re most proud of – it helped us conclude the project scope within just 37 voyages in a period of just under twelve months,” says Jumbo’s project manager Maarten De Gruyter.

Every lift a heavy lift

Furthermore, the multiple loading configurations of the Fairmaster allowed Jumbo to adjust to its client’s planning, which was linked to the delivery sequence from fabrication yards. De Gruyter: “We had close cooperation with DEME Offshore with regards to scheduling, and we
could handle many changes to the sailing sequence. Ultimately, this meant that we could carry more equipment within less time.”

Jumbo’s contribution to the project becomes even more significant when the specs of the transported components are taken into account. The MPs in particular were 8.5 to 9.5 metres in diameter and weighed up to 1,285 tonnes. Because of the repetitive nature of the job, the company paid special attention to maintaining a clear focus on safety throughout the project. Jumbo treated every lift as a heavy lift with a high focus on bringing these major cargoes safely on board. To this end, Jumbo brought in an external safety consultant to investigate and prevent complacency on board.

Biofuel initiative

The efficiency of execution was due to numerous aspects. “During the planning phase, we designed and engineered the MP saddles and TP grillages to deliver our proposed vessel efficiency. We used inlays in the saddles to accommodate the different diameters of the MPs. The clearances were tight: sometimes 50cm or less between components,” says De Gruyter. “We also installed project-specific lifting lugs on the deck hatches to speed up loading and unloading operations.

This is an example of one of our value engineering proposals – smart ideas that we present to our clients to optimise operations.” As part of reducing the environmental footprint of the construction of the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, Jumbo was required to include a Green Initiative into its project execution. As such, the company contributed to Ørsted’s goal of decreasing the environmental impact of the construction on the Hornsea Two wind farm. Jumbo’s chosen solution was to sail with Bio-Fuel Oil from sustainable marine biofuel provider GoodFuels. This product is expected to deliver 80-90% CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents and contains no sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions.

Unrivalled capacity

For an outsider, Jumbo’s scope on this project could be considered to be a straightforward ‘back and forth’ vessel charter contract. The reality, however, was very different. Jumbo’s ‘best-for-project’ focus during the project planning and execution optimised every part of
this extensive transport scope. For Jumbo, the Hornsea Two project is notable because it was the largest number of MPs and TPs that it has ever shipped in a single contract – and also with a single heavy lift vessel. “We converted the Fairmaster into a kind of ‘Swiss Army knife’ that provided an unrivalled heavy lift vessel intake of large diameter monopiles and transition pieces, but still with the flexibility required for the various lengths and diameters that were to be transported,” says Jumbo’s commercial manager Boudewijn van der Garden. “From tender to project conclusion, Jumbo’s focus was to provide a total solution. Our office personnel, engineering teams and vessel crews are now ready for the next challenge.”

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“K” LINE Group’s Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal starts operation

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. – “K” LINE and Daito Corporation have started operation of “K” LINE Group’s first dedicated finished vehicle terminal in Japan, at Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal from April 2022. In April, “IVORY ARROW” operated by “K” LINE, a pure car and truck carrier, made its first call at the terminal. A safety prayer ceremony with the terminal operators and an opening ceremony with the attendance of many related parties was held.

The terminal is used not only as an export and transshipment base for finished vehicles but also handle a wide variety of vehicles such as break-bulk cargoes by utilizing work facility with large roof in terminal in order to meet a variety of needs.

In addition, the terminal will use electric power generated from renewable energy sources with virtually zero CO2 emissions. The terminal will procure 100% wind-generated renewable energy from blockchain-based electricity traceability service (a service for specifying the power plants from which electricity is procured) of “Minna-Denryoku”, operated by UPDATER Corporation.

In last November, “K” LINE has revised a part of our long term environmental guideline “K”LINE Environmental Vision 2050” and set our new target for 2050 as “The challenge of Achieving Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions”. The company strives to enhance their corporate value by contributing to the sustainable development of the economy and society, while protecting the environment through our business activities.

<Terminal Overview>

Name : Yokohama Daikoku C-4 Terminal
Location : Daikoku Futo 22&24, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Business : Finished-vehicle logistics
Pier length : 350 m (1 berth)
Sea depth : 15 m
Total yard area : Approx. 153,500 m2 (including berth area)
Parking slots : Approx. 8,000 units

 

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MacGregor has received an order to supply RoRo equipment

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MacGregor has received an order to supply RoRo equipment. Image: Cargotec
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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply RoRo equipment for a LNG-powered RoRo vessel being built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft for the Tasmanian-based Australian shipping company, SeaRoad.

The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2022 first quarter order intake. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the last quarter of 2023.

MacGregor’s scope of supply encompasses design, fabrication and installation of a large stern ramp and ramp cover, with capacity for heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 tonnes. The ramp cover features MacGregor patented soft flaps that minimize both noise and wear.

MacGregor was selected as a reliable supplier with a proven track record for meeting the yard’s quality standards and need for punctual deliveries. Leaving the installation to MacGregor will allow FSG to focus on its core activities, securing a premium delivery to SeaRoad.

“We are very pleased to continue the close and long-standing relationship with FSG by delivering high quality RoRo equipment for SeaRoad, once more. The skills of our experienced installation team are recognised to be an important part of the delivery, which we are especially proud of,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Merchant Solutions, MacGregor.

“This continues a long-standing relationship with MacGregor which has previously supplied SeaRoad vessels. SeaRoad is always finding new ways to enhance our logistics solutions and we are very happy to be working again with MacGregor for our new vessel. MacGregor’s equipment is robust and ideally suited to our hard-working Bass Strait vessels,” says Patrick Guarino, Chief Operating Officer, SeaRoad.

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AAL carries out six month series of shipments for the new 181MW Dulacca wind farm in Queensland Australia

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Between February and July 2022, AAL Shipping is operating a series of shipments between China and Brisbane to transport heavy lift and project cargo components for the 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm planned for development in Queensland Australia – a plant expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 124,000 homes in the region. Employed by multiple global logistics companies to manage the ocean transportation for some of the Wind Farm’s largest components, AAL’s shipments are comprising 43 Vestas wind turbines, transformers, electrical cables and other – a total of close to 375,000 freight tonnes of cargo.

Marco Wendt, Chartering Manager at AAL Europe and spearheading AAL’s global wind cargo movements, explained, ‘AAL has been working closely with Vestas and its appointed logistics partners for a number of years, serving many of its wind farm projects around the world on both a long and short-term employment basis. It is a privilege to have this position of trust on such important projects and the successful and safe delivery of our customer’s cargo is a key objective for AAL and our teams worldwide.’

Andrew Mangan, Chartering Manager at AAL and coordinating the sailings into Australia from the carrier’s Singapore Headquarters added, ‘The shipments into Brisbane for Dulacca are being loaded from several Chinese ports including Tianjin, Taicang and Yangzhou and we are working with multiple logistics companies in their execution, each with their own specific timeline and cargo requirements. We therefore decided to utilise two different vessel classes on the project, our ‘mega-size’ 31,000 deadweight A-Class and the more compact 19,000 DWT S-Class – to manage both large and small shipment sizes with as much efficiency and economy of scale for our customers as possible.’

Chris Yabsley, Chartering Manager at AAL Australia, added, ‘The 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm is located between Dulacca and Drillham in the Western Downs Region of Queensland and will be powered by 43 Vestas wind turbines of 4.2MW rated capacity each. It will generate enough clean energy to power 124,000 homes and inject over AUD 400m into the local economy. The award of this project is a welcome recognition of AAL’s long-standing ‘Asia – Australia’ trade lane and expertise, which has served customers with a regular scheduled service for over 26 years. We are proud to be part of such an important local project and help to expand the use of sustainable green energy solutions in the country.

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