«Since the project was assigned to us in March, we have been in close dialogue with Bladt Industries regarding the transport which we have adapted to the small changes that a large project like this will inevitably encounter. It takes thorough preparation to handle a project like this satisfactorily», says Kenneth Ruby, Project Manager at Blue Water Copenhagen.
The bridge elements were sailed from Poland to Denmark and for that purpose Blue Water chartered the coaster MV «Tina», which in size fit perfectly to the project of moving the six elements. The shipper took care of the loading of the sections and Blue Water handled the lashing and securing on board as well as the onward transport to the site in Odense.
Upon arrival in Odense, Blue Water’s own stevedore team from Lindoe was in in charge of the discharging. The final part of the transport, from the port to the site, could only be carried out at night due to the dimensions – the largest section was 41 metres long, 10 metres wide and weighed 119 tons. This part was performed on multi-axle trailers, which in addition to distributing the weight on the road, also offered hydraulic unloading facility, which saved costs to expensive cranes. For this transport, we could draw on our experience from last year’s project, when we transported the bridge spans for Odin’s Bridge», explains Kenneth Ruby.
The 135-metre-long bridge weighs 483 tons and crosses 15 railway tracks. The bridge will connect the port of Odense with the city and it will provide better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in the future and generate more activity to the port area. The project was completed in close cooperation with Bladt Industries, who is the main contractor for the construction project.