1,300-tonne monopiles for the offshore wind farm Veja Mate

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 - 09:45
The monopiles are loaded onto the barge in Rostock for the nearshore transport to the Netherlands. (Photo: Otto Wulf GmbH & Co. KG)
The monopiles are loaded onto the barge in Rostock for the nearshore transport to the Netherlands. (Photo: Otto Wulf GmbH & Co. KG)

The Hamburg-based port logistics company Buss Port Logistics has successfully completed its work for the nearshore logistics and storage of the 67 monopiles for the offshore wind farm Veja Mate, which is currently under construction. The company began handling the monopiles in early March. They weigh 1,300 tonnes apiece and are the largest and heaviest ever built.

The monopiles had to be transported from the factory in Rostock to the installation vessel in Eemshaven, Netherlands. The offshore wind farm Veja Mate is being built by Offshore Wind Force approximately 130 km north of Eemshaven. Buss Port Logistics received the steel pipes from the manufacturer EEW Special Pipe Constructions at Rostock port and loaded them onto one of the waiting barges. The pipes are up to 84.5 m long and have a diameter of up to 7.8 m.

The shipment from Rostock was carried out as a nearshore transport to the Dutch port of Eemshaven to the Orange Blue Terminal (OBT), which the company owns. The company was in charge of the entire range of terminal logistics, including unloading, storage on gravel dunes built specifically for this purpose and delivery to the quayside for loading onto the installation vessel.

Buss Port Logistics was also responsible for shipping for the first time as part of the project. "This is the first time we have offered a complete package consisting of shipping and all associated transport services. It included chartering the barge and the tug Wulf 7 as well as travel and route planning. We worked together closely with our partner Otto Wulf GmbH & Co. KG to carry out this project", said Martin Schulz, head of Offshore Logistics.

New SPMT (self-propelled modular transporter) axle lines were used to transport the monopiles across the terminal in Rostock. According to Martin Schulz, the investment is not just important for the implementation of the project, it also symbolises Buss Port Logistics' commitment to further expand the offshore sector. 

Buss Port Logistics / Tanja Peschel

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