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Unloading onshore wind turbine components from MV Hendrik-S and Triton, Wick Harbour



Project overview

Hugh Simpson (Contractors) Ltd. unloaded two vessels: Hendrik-S on 26/09/2018 and Triton on 28/09/2018 that brought onshore wind turbine components to Wick. The components were then transported to Bad a` Cheo windfarm located off the A9 at Achkeepster, Caithness which consists of up to 13 wind turbines.

Our approach

  • Our team used tandem lift to unload the components.
  • Mobile cranes positioned and set up according to the lift plan, lift area fenced off
  • A toolbox talk held with all personnel assigned to carry out the lift
  • Equipment pre- use checks and tests carried out
  • All personnel guided to their required positions
  • Cranes guided by a competent signaller
  • Once above the load slingers attached the lifting hooks
  • Signaller guided the crane operators to raise the lift
  • The components are laid down on the quay side or loaded onto lorries for transportation to a temporary storage area

David Simpson, the appointed person, said: “The challenge of this operation is the size of the components, which made the deliveries move slowly and required escorting. Lifting had to be carefully planned. We have been involved in lifting operations for every windfarm component coming through Wick harbour and we have the know-how to do the job in a safe manner.”

Hugh Simpson, the managing director, said: “Our team and the McFadyens team worked tirelessly behind the scenes to organize the logistics of the day. It’s great to have all come together to help reduce disruption for the local residents, making this a positive experience all round.”

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