Lift & Shift India Handles Heaviest Single Module Of 4532 Tons For NWIS Mumbai High North Offshore Project

  24. August 2021
Lift & Shift India Handles Heaviest Single Module Of 4532 Tons For NWIS Mumbai High North Offshore Project

Lift and Shift India Pvt. Ltd, a leading Heavy-lift operator and Project Logistics company, achieved a record-breaking milestone by handling the heaviest Single Module weighing 4532 MT for Mumbai High North Offshore Project, which is the heaviest module fabricated in India. Lift & Shift India Pvt. Ltd (LSPL) was contracted by Larsen & Toubro Modular Fabrication division for handling 7 Modules weighing a total of 23500 MT for the NWIS Mumbai High North project.  The heaviest Module weight was 4532 MT, five modules weight ranging from 3000 MT to 4400 MT, and one module of 685 MT.

LSPL had to do meticulous planning to complete the Load-out of 7 modules on six barges of 330 and 400 classes within a time frame of 20 days as missing any of the loadout dates would disturb the offshore schedule.

The operation involved preparation of axles in desired format 5 file / 6 files, preparing the barge with pre-loadout ballast and then loading the modules onto the barge during the rising tide.

The first module preparation commenced for the East Module weighing 4432 tons which were to be shifted on 10 files axles totalling 188 axles, from MFF2 yard to MFF1 yard over 1km and then rolled onto the barge.

The module with a width of 52 m, the widest module fabricated and transported. The second module, the West deck, weighing 3700 MT, was loaded using 8 file axles totalling 160 axles. Both East and West Module were of the same widths.

The challenging aspect was to arrange the loadout of the 3rd, 4th, 5th Modules (FFSDO, LSW, and TG), which required the axles to be reconfigured with only two days between the load out dates.  The squeeze was due to the suitable tide requirement since FFSDO and LSW were loaded on the same barge, which was 400 class barges.

The Final Module Loadout was the Living quarter module (LQ), a “7-story building” weighing 4532 tons, the heaviest load out handled by Lift & Shift in India. The LQ module movement from the fabrication yard to the jetty involved manoeuvring a “hairpin” turn and with limited space for 60 m length of axles and 30.5 m width of axles.  The module was transported from yard to jetty two & a half hours, and roll-on onto the barge was completed within an hour.

Lift & Shift’s expertise team was involved in meticulous planning from bidding and pre-fabrication stage to optimise operations which is one of the keys to successfully executing the project. Lift and Shift represent India in the Project Logistics Alliance.

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