The Baltic Eagle offshore substation (BE OSS), fabricated in Hoboken, Belgium, recently underwent a successful load-out operation. This operation, which is a crucial step in the construction and installation of an offshore substation, involved the transfer of the substation from the quayside to a barge, from which it will be transported to its final location in the Baltic Sea.
IMC Shipbrokers provided a support tug during the operation, which helped ensure the safety and security of the substation during its transfer onto the barge.
The load-out operation was carried out by a team of experienced engineers and technicians, who worked closely with the barge operator to ensure that the substation was safely and securely loaded onto the barge. The substation, which weighs 4560 tons, was placed onto the barge with precision and care using a ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) method.
The load-out operation was completed on schedule and without incident, and the substation is now en route to the Baltic Sea where it will be installed and connected to an offshore wind farm. This substation will play a critical role in the transmission of electricity generated by the wind farm to the mainland.
The success of this load-out operation is a testament to the skill and expertise of the team involved, and is a major milestone in the construction and installation of the Baltic Eagle offshore substation. The substation will help to promote the use of renewable energy and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Baltic Eagle is a 476-megawatt offshore wind farm being built by Iberdrola in waters of the Baltic Sea, some 28 km off the north-east coast of the German island of Rügen, in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. The wind farm covers an area of 40 km2 and is the second offshore wind initiative for Iberdrola in Germany (source: Iberdrola)
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