03rd August 2017
Hyperbaric Chamber Makes History
History was made on the streets of Aberdeen this week when a massive pressure test vessel, landed at Pacific Quay in Aberdeen Harbour, was transferred to the new Balmoral Subsea Test Centre on Wellington Road.
The vessel itself weighed 285tonnes, but when the weight of the transportation vehicles is added the total amounted to well over 420tonne – a city-first.
Remarkably, the load had to travel over the 137 year-old Victoria Bridge in Torry, as the more modern Queen Elizabeth II Bridge would not have been able to bear the weight.
The move was carried out by McIntosh Heavy Logistics (MHL) and Cadzow Heavy Haulage; the vessel was lifted into place by Global Energy Group.
Gary McIntosh of MHL commented: “This was a very challenging yet remarkable achievement and took in excess of 12 months of planning. The move from quayside to Balmoral Park went wholly according to plan. The time spent liaising with the various partners and authorities was well spent.”
This is the latest vessel to be installed at Balmoral’s hyperbaric test centre and measures some 3.35m in diameter by 11m in length. It can carry out subsea tests to 475bar, 6,890psi.
Fraser Milne, engineering and projects director at Balmoral Offshore Engineering said, “This has been quite a journey for us, not just regarding the vessel’s voyage to Aberdeen, but in terms of creating the industry’s most comprehensive subsea test centre. Today sees the end of the vessel’s journey but just the beginning for our new test centre.The establishment of this pioneering facility strengthens the city’s position as a centre of excellence for the global subsea industry while also providing testing opportunities for the renewables and defence sectors.”
Colin Parker, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, added: “Aberdeen Harbour welcomes this latest investment by Balmoral and the opportunity to demonstrate the port’s ability to handle such heavy-lift projects.This week’s operation enhances our proud history of working with Balmoral exporting their products to the global market.”