Topside load-out

6 March 2019


ALE has delivered an integrated solution to help complete a phase of a major offshore project in Mexico – the largest in terms of size and total value for the end client.

The global heavy-lifting contractors performed the weighing, jacking and load-out of the jacket and platform.

The first stage of the three-phased project involved the 14m-high jack-up of the topside, weighing over 13,000t, using ALE’s Mega Jack system.

“As the Mega Jack had its own starter beams, and has quicker assembly and jacking speeds, it is much more efficient than other systems on the market,” ALE said.

For the load-out of the topside, ALE – Offshore Services was the specialist team who designed and supplied the rapid ballasting system, with a system capacity of 16,000 Cu.M/Hr, as well as the associated ballast pipework specifically for this operation.

With a combined weight of almost 17,000t, ALE’s experienced offshore team pulled the topside a total distance of 196.63m using strand jacks and kicker jacks onto the client’s barge to complete the load-out.

Health, safety and the environment (HSE) was a paramount consideration throughout and underpinned the entire project. ALE ensured all operations were supervised centrally in real-time to ensure operational flow.