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SDV Group
July, 2010

14 RTG’s at once


SDV Group
At the port of Gdynia in Poland, the m.v. Happy River loaded a record cargo of 14 RTG’s. Eight units were loaded, in parts in her lower hold, while the other six units were loaded and stowed on the upper deck.
These RTG’s are of the larger kind, weighing « only » 132 mton each, but with a footprint of 30 x 12.5 metres.

The upper deck of the Happy River was a bit too small to accomodate the six fully assembled units, therefore, some tweendeck panels were installed and welded over the upper deck and across the ship to widen the upperdeck surface and enable the stowage. The 6 fully assembled RTG’s were then lifted on board and the RTG driver then drove them to their respective places on deck and two of the 6 RTG’s had to be driven out onto the deck extensions, 5 metres over the side of the ship.

Everything had been accurately prepared and designed by the office technical department and engineers, and the vessel made a direct sailing to Lagos in Nigeria for discharging the 6 fully assembled RTG’s and to Abidjan in Ivory Coast to discharge the 8 knocked-down units from the lower hold.


SDV Group
March, 2010

Using full deck space of Mv Tracer.


SDV Group
At the port of Salalah in Oman, the m.v. Tracer loaded 2 mobile harbour cranes. The cranes each weighed 350 mt without the 65 mt counter weights. As the jibs of both cranes were 52 metres long, the full Tracer's deck space of 64 metres was used.
Positioning two cranes of this type was a remarkable job, at some point even requiring plumb-lines to check the calculations in situ to make sure cranes did not touch. Thanks to the meticulous preparations of the technical department, all went very well and the 2 cranes have been safely delivered and unloaded at the port of Tema in Ghana, after the vessel made a short bunker stop in Capetown in South Africa, as can be seen on the picture.


GEODIS / AREVA
October, 2009

From the south of France to Finland


GEODIS / AREVA
Mv "Happy Ranger" has loaded in her lower hold four steam generators each weighing 555 metric tons and one pressuriser weighing 180 metric tons for the Olkiluoto 3 Nuclear Power Plant.
The 4 steam generators and the pressuriser were loaded by the 2 heavy lift cranes of 400 tons capacity each fitted on starboarside of the vessel directly from 2 barges at the port of Fos sur Mer in the south of France.
After a safe journey from the south to the north of Europe, the cargo was discharged onto some trailers at the port of Rauma in Finland, where it was temporarily stored, waiting for further transportation to the power plant.


MOHO BILONDO Project
December 2009 to February 2010



MOHO BILONDO Project
In December 2009, the heavy lift vessel HAPPY RANGER loaded in France a few kilometer underwater flexible line weighing 400 tons for the Moho Bilondo offshore oilfield in Congo.

Prior loading the long flexible pipeline, the vessel loaded a large 300 tons carousel and a 170 tons spooling tower with its control cabin, and provided all necessary electrical power to this complete “ transpooling system ” to enable the client ACERGY to load and coil the flexible line slowly and safely into the basket and prepare everything for the sea voayge to West Africa. Once in Congo early January 2010, the HAPPY RANGER has been double banking in the port of Pointe Noire with the offhore laying vessel POLAR QUEEN and started a reverse transpooling operation.

The picture shows the flexible pipeline being transpooled ship to ship using the heavy lift vessel hold to allow the right catenary curve of the flexible line prior to be spooled via the bottom of the vertical laying tower of the POLAR QUEEN.


AGBAMI Project
December 2007 to September 2008



AGBAMI Project
Account TECHNIP France, since December 2007, three heavy lift vessels of BigLift Shipping are doing a total of 5 roundtrips from northern Europe to Nigeria for the AGBAMI project from Chevron Texaco.

The 3 vessels, HAPPY RIVER, ENCHANTER and TRAMPER are carrying all underwater flowlines required on the offshore field, either coiled on standing reels of up to 310 tons and 11,40 meters high or coiled into carousels of up to 2200 tons and 22 meters diameter.

The picture shows Mv ENCHANTER loaded with a 2200 tons carousel on her deck and making ready to sail from the port of Rouen to Lagos in Nigeria.


AREVA steam generators
March / april 2008



AREVA steam generators
Both sister vessels Mv TRAMPER and Mv TRANSPORTER, geared with 2 x 275 tons cranes have carried 3 newly fabricated AREVA steam generators of 365 tons each from ex river barge Fos Sur Mer to another river barge in Le Havre, in 2 direct shipments.

These 3 steam generators are part of a maintenance program of a french nuclear plant from Electricity of France and are replacing 3 old generators during a well scheduled shut down of the nuclear plant.


4 ships for 2 projects
2007


4 ships for 2 projects

4 ships for 2 projects
During the year 2007, 4 heavy lift vessels from the BigLift Shipping fleet participated to 2 major offshore related projects, the MONDO Kizomba C project from Exxon Mobil in Angola and the Moho Bilondo project from TOTAL in Congo.

The 4 vessels, HAPPY RIVER, ENCHANTER, TRACER and TRAVELLER were chartered by ACERGY and all cargoes loaded in various north european ports were transfered by the heavy lift ships cranes and crew to the new laying vessel POLAR QUEEN.


Mv HAPPY BUCCANEER visiting Vietnam
July / August 2007



Mv HAPPY BUCCANEER visiting Vietnam
BigLift’s flag heavy lift vessel Mv HAPPY BUCCANEER geared with 2 cranes of 700 tons each made two consecutive roundtrips from Japan and Korea to Vietnam carrying and discharging on trailers all major pieces of the new Dung Quat refinery, for account of Technip in France and JGC in Japan, with their forwarder GEODIS.


Mv TRACER feeding PLUTONIO Project
End 2006



Mv TRACER feeding PLUTONIO Project
Heavy lift vessel Mv TRACER geared with 2 cranes of 275 tons each made 3 roundtrips from the northern Europe to Angola with many heavy reels loaded with flowlines, other reels loaded with steel wires and heavy chains, all for account of FlexiFrance and Acergy, and the 3 trips dedicated to the Greater Plutonio project from BP in Angola.


TECHNIP Group
February to August 2005

From Nothern Europe and France to Ivory Coast and Canada


TECHNIP Group
GIANT MARINE secured 2 major projects, BAOBAB in Ivory coast and WHITE ROSE in the Newfoundlands of Canada. Heavy lift vessels HAPPY ROVER and ENCHANTER loaded from various European factories large and heavy piles and reels of flowlines. ENCHANTER took a full load of 29 reels to Canada !. After few weeks transferring all reels to laying vessels DEEP PIONEER and CONSTRUCTOR, she returned to France with all empty reels.


SHELL - TECHNIP France - BONGA Project
March to December 2004

From Moss (Norway) and Le Trait (France) to Lagos (Nigeria)


SHELL - TECHNIP France - BONGA Project
Heavy lift vessel HAPPY ROVER loaded in Moss (Norway) and Le Trait (France) a full load of heavy reels and offshore laying equipment for the BONGA project in Nigeria. The vessel has sailed to Nigeria to meet with the laying vessel Deep Pioneer to feed her with cargoes, and will be used as a floating storage for a while, before she returns all empty reels to Le Trait.


CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE - ALSTOM Marine
March to October 2002

From Gdansk (Poland) to Saint Nazaire (France)


CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE - ALSTOM Marine
Fourteen ships sections of 195 to 430 tons for giant cruise vessels in construction in Saint Nazaire at Alstom Marine shipyards have been shipped by 3 HAPPY ships, loading and discharging the blocks using their 2 cranes of 400 T SWL. The third shipment included seven sections of the largest cruise vessels ever build, the QUEEN MARY 2


SDV / ENTREPOSE - ABB / SHELL Nigeria
March and September 2000

From Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Port Harcourt (Nigeria)


SDV / ENTREPOSE - ABB / SHELL Nigeria
The largest heavy lift vessel HAPPY BUCCANEER has carried 7 large and heavy modules for the BELEMA project. These modules measuring up to 43 x 19 x 20 meters and weighing 783 Mtons were loaded and discharged by the 2 cranes of 550 Mtons of the vessel.


MAR PROFUNDO GIRASSOL (ETPM / BOS)
July 1999 to March 2000

From various ports in Norway, England, Belgium, France and Italy to Ulsan (South Korea)


MAR PROFUNDO GIRASSOL (ETPM / BOS)
Sea-transport with Heavy Lift vessels HAPPY RIVER / HAPPY RANGER / TRAMPER / PROJECT EUROPA of about 55.000 Cbm of materials (modules up to 450 tons) for the construction of the "topsides" of FPSO GIRASSOL for account of ELF ANGOLA.


TISSOT S.A / LEON VINCENT
April 1999

From Saint Nazaire (FRANCE) to Grangemouth (UK).


TISSOT S.A / LEON VINCENT
Sea transport by heavy lift vessel "HAPPY RIVER" of 3 columns and 1 reactor of 100 to 350 tons for account of engineers TECHNIP and petroleum company BP.


SAIBOS
September 1998

From Houston and New Orleans (USA) to Offshore fields of OSO2Y2 and IDOHO (Nigeria).


SAIBOS
Sea transport of 3 modules of 590 / 363 / 170 tons with the Heavy lift vessel "ENCHANTER" geared 2 x 400 tons.


PONTICELLI Frères
May 1998

From Bordeaux (France) to offshore field of TCHIBOUELA (Congo).


PONTICELLI Frères
Sea transport by heavy lift vessel geared 2 x 400 tons "HAPPY ROVER" of a deck of 600 tons and its flare.


DCN LORIENT / SOFMA / SCAC
April - May 1995

From Port of Lorient to port of Karachi.


DCN LORIENT / SOFMA / SCAC
Sea-transport of a composite hull of a mine sweeper type "ERIDAN" and its accessories on board the heavy lift vessel "PROJECT ORIENT" geared 2 x 25O tons.

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Slow "promenade" through Paris for the high speed train
Agbami project
AKPO FPSO sailed from Korea
Last journey for SEREPCA 1 FSO from April to July 2009
The Moho Bilondo Project
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