Osprey Delivers to DHL Industrial Projects Within Critical Deadline
Sometimes the most obvious solution isn’t the most cost-effective, nor is it the most efficient way to transport critical assets. Osprey was contacted by their client, DHL Industrial Projects, to transport and install a marine loading arm at an aviation terminal, within a critical deadline. This terminal receives fuel from tanker vessels. The marine loading arm connects to those tankers’ manifolds and receives the aviation fuel securely from the vessel to storage tanks onshore. The component weighs 35t, is 21m long and its fabricated integrity needs protecting throughout the factory-to-foundation move.
Previously, these loading arms might have been transported and installed with a crane barge or sheer leg. The solution – designed in conjunction with Osprey’s client – involved using a 2x 150t geared capacity vessel to load the marine loading arm, transporting it from Sheerness across the Medway – a 45-minute sailing – and berthing at the jetty. Then, having calculated the tide influences, Osprey lifted, upended, and installed the marine loading arm onto its foundations.
Included in the Myriad aspects of this project were:
- Osprey supported their client and played a key role during their facilitated site meetings with port authorities and subcontractors (such as agents and vessel owners), ensuring a smooth flow of information throughout the project.
- Engineering and documentation were completed with only two minor revisions to petrochemical QSHE standards.
- Osprey worked with the vessel and produced a tide-critical lift plan, mooring arrangement, and installation methodology.
- Osprey’s project plans were managed on time, which also meant the project stayed within budget and let their end client hit their installation targets.
After the project had finished Osprey caught up with clients as part of their continuous commitment to learning as much as they can from each job. On this occasion, DHL Industrial Projects and the end-user were very impressed with how Osprey managed loading, transport, and installation from start to finish. So impressed that Osprey was awarded the second installation.