The North Deck: beach platform modules for Burj Al Arab Hotel
January 2016 | Rauma/Finland – Dubai/United Arab Emirates
A new milestone project in heavy lift shipping: SAL transported over 3500 tons of heavy cargo from Finland to Dubai. And performed its largest lifts ever.
It is the third tallest hotel in the world, located on an artificial island, it has 202 bedroom suites with a size of up to 780 square meters and owns a helideck – the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The world famous hotel scales up its exclusive beach peninsula and SAL Heavy Lift was assigned to transport the new luxury platform construction. SAL loaded the cargo onto the deck of its heavy lift vessel MV Svenja over Christmas and New Year in Finland under harsh working conditions in temperatures down to minus 28 degrees Celsius.
SAL’s largest lift ever.
The shipment consisted of six beach platform modules with dimensions ranging from 52 x 42 meters to 79 x 36 meters per piece. Furthermore, the cargo included one connection ramp and 24 business cabanas. “In terms of dimension these are the largest items, SAL has ever lifted”, explains Tilo Klappenbach, Project Engineer at SAL. “The main challenge was to manage the huge cargo overhang to portside, aft deck and starboard as well as the high stacking.” A well-engineered structural reinforcement of vessel and cargo was required to achieve sufficient strength of the vessel.
Safe and successful delivery.
Moreover it was not possible to put one platform section directly onto the other. So the layers were resting on a large number of steel and wooden supports. To avoid the risk of wave slamming against the cargo SAL determined a wave restriction for the transport as well. After 22 days on sea MV Svenja arrived in Dubai on 30 January 2016, where the cargo was discharged onto barges. “Our 183 type is the perfect vessel to meet such challenging project requirements. SAL is very happy to contribute to the projects success.”, says Klappenbach.http://sal-heavylift.com/ne...