Blue Water Shipping - Company of the Month, June 2015
Blue Water Shipping has recently signed a contract with Baku Shipyard covering the transport of two hull sections from Singapore to the newly established Baku Shipyard in Azerbaijan.
"This is an important project. Not only for us, but for the entire area. Building up a good relationship with our clients is important for us and we believe that our long-term cooperation with Baku Shipyard will strengthen even further with this exciting project", says Thomas Bek, Global Head of Oil, Energy and Industrial Projects at Blue Water.
|Blue Water Shipping project at Esbjerg Harbour. ||Blue Water Shipping project at Volga Don. |
A strong Caspian set-up
The two sections will form the hull of a state of the art SCV (Subsea Construction Vessel) named "Khankendi". Once completed, "Khankendi" will be deployed for the stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz field, which lies some 70 kilometres offshore in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Blue Water Shipping has a particular interest in this area and has for decades been involved in transports via the Russian river system through a strong set-up in the Caspian region.
The route from Singapore to Baku.
Breaking the record
The hull sections will be transported on board a semi-submersible vessel from Singapore via the Suez to the Black Sea. Once the hull sections have been floated off, a series of tugs will take over and wet tow the hull sections through the Russian river system (Volga-Don) and its 18 locks. Upon arrival to the Caspian Sea, ocean-going tugs will take over and make the final journey from Astrakhan to the place of delivery, Baku. Each hull section has a length of 140 metres, a width of 16 metres and a height of 17 metres. The weight per section is 5,400 metric tons. This transport will set a new record for the longest cargo ever to be transported via the Volga-Don. The previous record was set in 2007 when Blue Water transported two similar sections each with a length of 133 metres.
The transport will be executed by combined efforts from the Blue Water offices in Singapore, Moscow, Baku and Esbjerg (HQ).