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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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Load out of WindFloat project by ALEThe WindFloat Atlantic project is currently constructing its first floating wind farm in Portugal. Construction and assembly of the over 2,000 tonne structure had taken place at the Navantia-Fene shipyard. Transportation was then required over a distance of several hundred metres to the quayside, and ultimately onto the Heavylift vessel Fjord.
 
The load-out operation was defined as class 1, meaning strict time limits were in place; the operation was performed transversally, bringing obvious space limitations; the sheer size of the structure was also a factor, at 30m tall and with a distance of 50m between its columns.
 
ALE was chosen by its client Coordinatora to undertake this project. To perform the load-out, ALE installed 236 axle lines of SPMT underneath the three corners of the structure, taking care to synchronise their movements to a high degree of accuracy. Three groups of 54m ramps were also installed between the quay and the deck of the Fjord, allowing the ro-ro operation to take place. The structure was then towed to a position approximately 20km off the coast of Viana de Castelo, where it was installed. It will be joined by three similar structures in the near future.
 
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