Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Huge Barge Brings Latest Able Cargo

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Huge Barge Brings Latest Able Cargo

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ONE of the largest ocean-going barges in the world has arrived at Able UK's reclamation facility at Graythorp carrying huge sections of the North West Hutton oil platform which is being recycled at the yard.

The H627 barge, which is 179m long and almost 50m wide, is operated by Heerema Marine Contractors, and arrived at the TERRC basin with a 4,000t payload.

The barge had been towed by the tug Carlo Magno from the North

West Hutton installation, north-east of the Shetland Isles, with four local tugs operated by Switzer Marine joining the operation to manoeuvre it through the Seaton Channel to the quayside. It was the seventh of ten barges which will be carrying sections of the platform to the dock. The remainder should arrive later this summer.

Able UK executive chairman Peter Stephenson said: "We will undertake lifting the jacket and other sections from the barge on to dry land later this month, using the huge 2,000t 'Ringer' crane operated by Mammoet. …

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