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Unloading pipes from MV Helen Anna, Wick Harbour


Kestrel Liner Agency Ltd.

Project overview

Hugh Simpson (Contractors) Ltd. unloaded in total 1652 steel pipes from a Marine Vessel Helen Anna, which arrived in Wick harbour on Monday. We operated a crane and a vacuum pipe lifter simultaneously to discharge the vessel. The unloading required one team with four slingers/ signallers and a crane operator. We set up pipe storage system on the North quay were the pipes were laid down before they could be transported to their final location.

Our approach

  • The quay was fenced off to allow safe lifting operations.
  • Machines were set up as planned by the appointed person.
  • Lift supervisor carried out a toolbox talk with all involved personnel and directed all personnel to their required positions.
  • Crane was rigged with spreader beam and pipe shoes, to lift 4 pipes in one lift.
  • Vacuum pipe lifter operated by a competent operator, does not require other personnel.
  • Both teams operated independently to unload the pipes onto the quay.
  • Pipes were then loaded onto lorries and transported to SubSea7 site.

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