For the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, deugro and dteq sent eight pin piles from Bilbao, Spain to Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Haizea Bilbao has produced the world’s largest piles, each measuring 77 meters in length, weighing more than 270 metric tons, and having a diameter of 2.4 meters.
deugro created a sophisticated operating plan for the project, involving shore cranes, local agencies, and the MPP vessel MV BBC LIVORNO.
Crane capacity at the needed outreach was low, so the job had to be completed with two vessel rotations. When the first pile was loaded, the ship was turned to the starboard side. The planning and engineering were already complicated because of the limited loading capacity and reach, but the piles’ weight made the necessary stacking of them on board even more complicated.
Since construction was still going on at the receiving terminal, the hatch covers had to be unloaded onto a pontoon beside the vessel instead of the quay.
The 476 MW Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm is being built by Iberdrola in the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania region of the Baltic Sea, 28 kilometers northeast of the German island of Rügen. The building phase is expected to conclude in the first quarter of 2024 when the wind turbines are finally delivered and installed. Once Baltic Eagle is connected to the German electricity grid, it will prevent almost one million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.