Assisting at float-on operation

The float-on operation of 3 vessels onto “Seaway Albatross” went successfully

In January, Blue Water assisted the valued client Van Oord to perform a float-on operation at Aabenraa Fjord for loading their three vessels onto the semi-submersible vessel “Seaway Albatross”. 

Van Oord contracted Blue Water for the Femernbelt Fixed Link Project, a project that Blue Water is also deeply involved in, having the responsibility for operating the port in Rødby.

Between Christmas and New Years, Van Oord reached out to Blue Water for guidance on the best area to perform such a float-on operation. Based on our experience for similar operations in the past, Blue Water proposed Aabenraa Fjord for the operation.

A significant task

Blue Water assisted with the port call coordination for all vessels, including crew transfer and accommodation for the seafarers disembarking the vessels now continuing their journey as cargo onboard the semi-submersible vessel.

“It has been a great pleasure working with Van Oord on this very interesting project. We have built a strong expertise within these types of operations, and it is always a pleasure to succeed with such significant tasks”, says Ömer Karakus, Assistant Manager Port Agency, who joined Van Oord for preparation meetings on each vessel while on anchorage off Aabenraa before operation start.

The Femernbelt Fixed Link Project is so far the biggest and most expensive construction project of Denmark, and it is expected to be completed by 2029. The tunnel between Denmark and Germany is to be operated by green power and with focus on energy efficiency and future-proof solutions. The link is part of a larger European strategy to create green traffic corridors.