Special transports to the Caspian region is a core competence of Blue Water, who will once again set a record for a transport through the Russian river system
Blue Water has 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 because it builds trust. Therefore, we are pleased 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.
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 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.
This contract proves that Blue Water is among the leading companies in these types of challenging transports through the Russian river system.
Baku Shipyard was inaugurated in 2013 by the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, Mr. Ilham Aliyev and is today the most modern shipbuilding and ship repair facility at the Caspian Sea. With a total of 1,200 metres quay and a maximum depth of 7.5 metres, the shipyard can easily accommodate the vessels that today are operating inside the Caspian Sea. In addition, the shipyard has its own floating dock measuring 168 x 50 metres, which can accommodate vessels up to 23,000 tons displacement.
«The transport will be executed by combined efforts from the Blue Water offices in Singapore, Moscow, Baku and Esbjerg (HQ). With the charter of a semi-submersible vessel for this project, Blue Water Singapore has chartered a total of ten semi-submersible vessels within the last 24 months», says Jason Goh, Regional General Manager in Asia Pacific for Blue Water.