Sarens Transrig loadout

22 May 2008

Sarens Transrig in Norway loaded out the 10,700 tonne topside of the first Aker H.6-e drilling rig, Aker Spitsbergen in Norway. Some 448 SPMT axles were used, along with the company's ballast system and a range of supporting material for the operation.

Immediately after the load-out, the barge was positioned in an 8 SMLT (Sarens Modular Lifting Tower) set-up and the module was lifted to a height of about 34 m. The hull was then brought under and the deck was mated with it.

The combination of weight, dimensions and height made it one of the most extreme heavy lift operations ever executed, said the company. “The lifting system in the given configuration is designed for a lifting capacity of 14,400 tonnes and to withstand a full Norwegian winter storm,”

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