Busy boys off Mexico


There are three main players is the world of offshore heavy-lifting/construction. HMC (Dutch), Saipem (Italian) and SHL (Dutch). All three know their onions of course, if they didn’t they wouldn’t stay in business very long, not with the kind of money at stake that offshore construction involves. Allatsea has been fortunate to have worked (as a MWS)  with all three. Each has its own peculiarities and culture and they are very different for sure. No favourites but from the Towers’ perspective, SHL just edges it with the high quality of the grub on board. The following from gCaptain.

Seaway Heavy Lifting Cranks Out Three Heavy Lift Installs in a Week


kab-c topsides

The Kab-C was installed on 3 December 2014. An 1,800Mt lift

Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) has been getting a serious amount of boxes checked off lately while operating in the Bay of Campeche off Mexico.  Within the span of a week, the company installed three topsides facilities on fixed platforms utilizing their modern 5000 metric ton-capacity crane vessel Oleg Strashnov.  This was the finale of a 4 topsides and 1 jacket installation project awarded by Protexa (Permaducto) and Pemex.

seaway heavy lifting

The Ayatsil-D topsides was installed on 21 Jan 2015, a 3,130Mt lift

Peter de Bree, Seaway Heavy Lifting’s COO commented on the operations:

“I am very pleased with our swift and safe performance during these five installations in the Gulf of Mexico with perfect cooperation between Protexa, Pemex and Seaway Heavy Lifting. Our Oleg Strashnov crew performed extremely well.”


SHL says the Oleg Strashnov and the crane barge Stanislav Yudin gained additional work this week adding to the company’s backlog with a contract from DONG Energy for the transportation and installation of multiple offshore substations in the UK.   SHL says these contracts will commence in 2016 and 2017 and will support the power transmission of Burbo Bank Extension, Race Bank and Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farms.

Stanislav Yudin

Stanislav Yudin (2500Mt lift capacity), image: Seaway Heavy Lift

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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