Jumbo Offshore completes installation of 131 TP's for Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm

Source: Jumbo Offshore

Jumbo Offshore has successfully completed its Transition Piece (TP) installation project for the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm off the UK’s south-east coast. For client Fluor, Jumbo’s DP2 Heavy Lift Vessel Jumbo Javelin installed 131 TP’s (out of 140 in the field) with a record-breaking installation speed of more than 1 TP per day. The job included leveling and grouting operations and was done without any serious accidents or incidents. This is the first time that TP’s have been transported and installed using a free floating vessel on Dynamic Position.

Scope of work 

Jumbo’s scope included transport, installation, leveling and grouting of the TP’s. During the entire project all parties (client Fluor, Jumbo and its subcontractors) worked in close cooperation, resulting in safe and efficient installation.

Equipment 

During the mobilization in March 2010 the Jumbo Javelin was outfitted with job-specific equipment, amongst others Temporary Living Quarters (Ferguson), a grout plant (Densit) and an access system (Ampelmann). The Ampelmann is a ship-based, self stabilizing access system that actively compensates all vessel motions. It was used to give crew safe access from the vessel to the installed TP as well as efficiently guiding the grout hoses.

In addition, Jumbo developed and built its own passive lifting compensators (with a 2.5 m stroke and a Safe Working Load of 300 t) and two job-specific, remote release operated, spreader bars to lift the TP’s.

Job 

Each time after loading nine 280 t TP’s in the Port of Flushing, the Jumbo Javelin sailed to the offshore location where she positioned herself on DP and started overboading the first TP onto the monopile. Every TP was placed in the specified orientation and then leveled to its final position. Next, the annulus (the space between TP and monopile) was filled with grout to fix it permanently. After the final survey the TP was handed over to client Fluor.

All in one go 

The Jumbo Javelin is able to carry 9 TP’s at a time, stowed vertically in the hold and each with weights up to 300 tonnes. The vessel is well-equipped for wind farm installation work: it is free floating, uses its DP2 system to create an efficient and safe working environment, has a transit speed of 17 knots and sails with open hatches. This means a large transport capacity, fast transit times to the installation site, fast installation and fast relocation from one position to the next.

Installing the 131 TP’s confirmed the suitability of Jumbo’s concept: safe and fast transportation and installation with only one vessel.



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