Offshore marine engineering firm Geosea has loaded the first breakbulk cargo at Sif’s new Maasvlakte 2 quay at the port of Rotterdam. A consignment of four monopiles were loaded aboard the heavy-lift jack-up vessel Innovation on Jan. 2.
“The Innovation left the quay the same night, en route to a wind farm off the coast of the United Kingdom where it will be installing the monopiles. This operation will be followed by a number of similar transports over the next few weeks,” a port of Rotterdam spokesperson said.
The loading of the 1,000-tonne monopiles along with turbine transition pieces marks the first job handled at the new quay and marks the start of regular breakbulk deliveries from the site.
The deep-sea quay is part of at a 42-hectare site on Maasvlakte 2, developed by steel construction company Sif Group, and includes a colossal assembly and coating hall. Construction on the site is still ongoing and is expected to be finalized by July 2017.
Geosea is a subsidiary of Belgian dredging firm DEME Group.
Photo: The Innovation during loading. Credit: PRA