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continued from previous page       Rope and Sling weighs                The  vessel  was lifted by the Mega
         plus] performed under pressure and the   vessel, supplies components   Lift 250mm  to enable the compres-
         manufacturer was able to deliver the   for offshore project           sion load cells to be placed beneath it
         custom units to site to a short lead time.”  Bridgend, Wales-headquartered Rope   at predetermined positions. At that
           The expansion of TMPM is the final   and Sling Specialists (RSS) provided   stage, Ainscough was responsible for
         stage of the logistics phase of the S11D   load cells, weighing expertise and rig-  lowering the vessel onto the load cells
         project and incorporates both onshore   ging equipment as offshore plant equip-  so measurements could be taken us-
         and offshore expansion. The centrepiece   ment manufacturer Charles Thompson   ing  Straightpoint’s desktop controller
         of the offshore development is Pier IV,   Limited, of South Yorkshire, loaded out   datalogging software  package. Two
         also called the northern berth, equipped   a vessel recently.         temporary stools were used, weighing
         with a ship loader that replicates the   RSS fulfilled the scope of work from   2.4t each, which had to be factored into
         southern berth’s existing design.  its Rotherham facility to provide maxi-  the final calculations.
                                            mum gross  weight of the 28.3m (92   While onsite, RSS also proof tested
                                            ft.)-long, 5.6m (18.3 ft.)-diameter load;   a spreader beam  to 172t,  which will
                                            proof load test a spreader beam; and   travel with the unit and other rigging
                                            supply rigging  equipment, including   items to place the deaeration vessel in
                                            roundslings and shackles.          its final offshore location.
                                              The  weighing  operation was  to be   Rope and Sling provides
                                            completed at Kilnhurst prior to trans-
                                            portation of the unit, bound for the Jo-  rigging and LOLER services
                                            han Sverdrup oilfield on the Norwegian  for crane refurbishment
                                            shelf,  where the spreader beam and   Bridgend, Wales-headquartered
                                            other equipment would be utilized.  Rope and Sling  Specialists (RSS)
                                              The vessel, which RSS calculated at   played an integral role as two 10t ca-
                                            an average  of 116.1t  after three lifts,   pacity, four-rope quayside cranes were
                                            was manufactured for ETA Process   dismantled at Associated British Ports’
                                            Plant, a specialist in deaeration (the
                                            removal of air molecules  from gas or
                                            liquid) and part of Koch-Glitsch.  It
                                            will be installed in its end application
                                            by international  energy  conglomerate
                                            Statoil at Sverdrup,  where  there  are
                                            expected resources of between 1.9 and
                                            three billion barrels of oil equivalents.
                                              Steve Hutin, Managing Director at
                                            RSS, said: “The myriad of leading glob-
                                            al brands that were associated with the
         Ainscough Industrial Services’ Mega   manufacture,  transportation,  lift  and
         Lift lifted and lowered the vessel onto   use of the vessel made it an extremely
         compression load cells.            rewarding project. It’s fascinating, and
                                            uplifting,  that the  onward  journey  of
                                            this hulking offshore unit was reliant
                                            upon the safe and efficient application
                     RSS proof tested a spreader   of our below-the-hook technologies, ex-
                      beam to be used for final   pertise and equipment.”
                            positioning of the
                               vessel onsite.  Integral to the RSS assignment were
                                            four 150t capacity wired compression   RSS utilised fixed lifting attachments on
                                            load cells, manufactured by Straight-  the front of the cabin.
                                            point.  Their  compact, lightweight  de-
                                            sign facilitated ease of use and portabil-
                                            ity, while standout operational features   (ABP) Newport  dock,  refurbished  and
                                            included high sampling rates, extreme   relocated 50 miles west to the Port of
                                            resistance to industrial level noise and   Swansea, also an ABP site.
                                            unprecedented  stability.  This  type  of   The refurbishment was part of a
                                            load cell is commonly applied to pre-lift   larger £2.8 million project to upgrade
                                            weight and centre of gravity calcula-  five cranes across ABP’s ports of New-
                                            tions for large plant and equipment.  port and Swansea. The work encom-
                                              Roundslings,  of  125t  capacity,  com-  passed an extensive upgrade of major
                                            bined with Ainscough Industrial Servic-  mechanical  components  such  as  slew
                                            es’ Mega Lift. The machine lifts by ex-  and hoist equipment, motor drives,
                                            traction of legs, contrary to conventional   control panels, and the installation
                                            gantries that use a lifting device such as   of  energy  efficient  LED  lighting.  The
                                            a winch or a strand jack. The gantry   cranes  were  completely  descaled  and
                                            system and load can be slid on tracks.   both external and internal surfaces
                                            Conventional  gantries  aren’t  available   were then repainted.
                                            for weights of this size, Hutin explained.  Three of the upgraded cranes are now
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