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Tow master work

In August, September and October 2014 STS MARINE CONSULT will assist the German company Hochtief during arrival and departure Port of Trelleborg. The Hochtief barge "Wismar" and "Bremen” (90x30) are loaded with wind turbine jackets built by Bladt Industries at Lindoe Industri Park. Each jacket weighs 690 tonnes and is 65 meters high. After arrival the jackets will be lifted by the heavy lift crane "Taklift 4" and sailed out to final position at Krigers Flak. 

 

   Stena Nautica på väg in i Varbergs hamn.jpg

9. July 2014 the 136 meter long passenger ferry  Stena Nautica collided with the breakwater at the Port of Grenaa, Denmark.  The ferry was on a scheduled voyage to Varberg with 156 passengers and 68 crew when it struck the breakwater leaving Grenaa. The ferry suffered a 5 meter long crack below the waterline.  The vessel suffered water ingress, but the pumps were able to control flooding. Three tugs approved by STS MARINE CONSULT were chartered to tow the vessel from Grenaa to Fayard, Odense, Denmark.

 

6. July 2014 the 68 meter long, 1190 dwt cargo vessel Mia B ran aground in the Roskilde fjord near Sjælland, Denmark.  The Mia B had departed from Frederiksvaerk bound for Norway with a cargo of steel plates when it went aground after a technical error.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.  The Mia B was later re-floated by STS MARINE CONSULT, a local dredger the Elisabeth Høj and stevedores from Port of Frederiksvaerk. After re-floating she returned to Frederiksvaerk for inspection.

 

Towing of tunnel element for Citybanan Stockholm via Södertälje lock September 2009 until June 2012. For more information see Youtube clip from the complete work: https://youtu.be/S6_e3YG156s

 

The steel shell, which was transported through the lock is 108 metres long, 20 metres width and 10 meters height. This should make the steel shell impossible to tow through the channel because it is 40 inches too wide. But a solution was founded. 

 

- It was placed on a barge which was equipped with a 3.5 meter tall steel construction. The 1870 tonnes heavy shell resteds on the steel structure. In that way the stell shell will pass the quayside of the lock. The lock was only 18 metres width.

STS MARINE CONSULT acted as Tow Master and prepared towing manuals for Pihl / Zublin JV Söderströmstunneln HB until all elements were moored safely alongside in Stockholm.

Foto: Paola N Andersson

 
 Passage of Södertälje lock
 
 Multicat Inge J passing the lock
 
 Multicat Inge J disconnect towing gear
 
 Arrival to the lock
 
 Stearing tug in the lock
 
 Passing the lock bridge by use of wires and shore whinches