News in brief

Wagenborg assists with the salvage of car carrier “Baltic Ace”

The pontoons “Wagenborg Barge 7 and 8” (100 x 33 x 7.60 m, cargo capacity: 15,530 tonnes) were deployed to assist with the salvage of the car carrier “Baltic Ace” which sank off Noord Hinder bank on December  5th 2012. The 148-metre wreck was lying at a depth of 35 metres in the North Sea, in the middle of the international shipping route to the port of Rotterdam and was preventing the smooth and safe progress of the 16,000 ships a year that pass by on their way to Rotterdam. The remainder of the oil and the 1,417 new Mitsubishis on board constituted a risk to the environment. The wreck is therefore being salvaged in its entirety. 

In order to salvage the wreck, Rijkswaterstaat started work on the wreck site last year. After all the fuel oil had been pumped out of the ship last year, the wreck was cut into eight large sections over a month last spring. The first part of the wreck, the rear end of the unfortunate ship, was lifted from the sea bed in its entirety and placed on “Wagenborg Barge 7”. The sections are being dismantled by a specialist contractor in Vlaardingen and Rotterdam Waalhaven. The entire wreck of the “Baltic Ace” has to be removed from the sea bed by December 31st 2016.

Wagenborg Barge 8 was deployed to assist with the salvage of the “Baltic Ace” - photo: Rijkswaterstaat
Wagenborg Barge 8 was deployed to assist with the salvage of the “Baltic Ace” - photo: Rijkswaterstaat

M.v. Aragonborg rescues fishing boat

On its journey from Trinidad and Tobago to Colombia, m.v. Aragonborg went to the assistance of the fishing boat “Kathy” as part of a joint rescue operation with the Antilles Coastguard.


The four fishermen on board had already been adrift for over three days after engine trouble, before a search operation got under way. Coastguard patrol aircraft located the “Kathy” and asked m.v. Aragonborg to assist. 


All the fishermen were unharmed and returned home to their families on Aruba.


Rescue of fishing boat Kathy - photo: Maikel Overbeeke (2/O Aragonborg)
Rescue of fishing boat Kathy - photo: Maikel Overbeeke (2/O Aragonborg)

Experience and craftmanship in practice

Royal SMIT Transformers commissioned Wagenborg to transport four 800 Kv transformers to the DNV Kema site in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Once in Arnhem the 400-tonne sheerleg Matador transferred the transformers from the pontoon to Wagenborg SPMTs. The 190-tonne transformers were transported to their final destination by 12 axleline SPMTs.

Coiled tubing on the move

Wagenborg was awarded the full scope of transport, including transhipment, road transport, inland water transport and positioning, of four offshore coiled tubing. The reels, measuring up to 4.75 metres in length, 2.85 metres in width and 4.75 metres in height, were transported from various locations to the Netherlands by road by different types of Euro low-loaders. Wagenborg used her 120-tonne and 200-tonne mobile cranes to tranship the reels. The reels arrived at their destination according to plan, where they were positioned to the client’s complete satisfaction.

The reels were transported with different types of Euro low-loaders
The reels were transported with different types of Euro low-loaders

Dredger ‘Mangystau’ transported to Kazakhstan

After the successful transport of a Damen cutter suction dredger 2015, Wagenborg was asked by Van Oord to transport an identical dredger, named ‘Mangystau’, from the Netherlands to Bautino in Kazakhstan. The shipment, consisting ofseveral pontoons weighing up to 138 tonnes, spud poles, a cutter ladder and 40’ containers, was transported with m.v. Drogdenbank, a Wagenborg ice runner type vessel, from Rotterdam to Saint Petersburg. From there on, the transport continued 3,000 km by road, the fastest and most efficient route, since the Caspian Sea cannot be reached directly by vessels at this time of the year.

Photo: Van Oord
Photo: Van Oord

Salvage of Friesenbrücke bridge successfully completed

The Friesenbrücke railway bridge over the river Eems near Weener (Germany) recently collapsed after being struck by the freighter, Emsmoon. According to Deutsche Bahn, the owner of the bridge, the bridge was irreparably damaged and the Groningen-Leer railway line would probably be blocked for five years. Wagenborg’s floating sheerlegs crane, Triton, was sent to Weener to salvage the collapsed part of the bridge.

The salvage operation was a great job for Wagenborg. “It’s the icing on the cake”, said director Marc Mazereeuw. The 100-130 tonnes of iron was rapidly cleared away and shipping was quickly able to use the river Eems again.

On land, on sea and through the air

Wagenborg recently transported four tanks from Dorenthe to Ibbenbüren in Germany as an oversize  load. The tanks were loaded from a barge on to four semi low loaders, after which some of them were transported on the A31 Autobahn. Upon arrival, the tanks were lifted into place one by one using a 130-tonne and a 55-tonne crane.

Wagenborg transported power train for Vattenfall power plant to Berlin

In 2015, Wagenborg performed several projects for the construction of the ‘Vattenfall’ power plant in Berlin Lichterfelde: it involved transporting the steam turbine, generator, transformer and several filter sections.
The first project involved transporting the steam turbine and the generator, weighing almost 129 tonnes and 183 tonnes respectively, from the Czech Republic to Berlin. Both components had been transported to the Czech port of Lovice by modular trailers where the components started their journey by inland vessel to Berlin. The transhipment in the German port was executed using Wagenborg’s LR1400 crawler crane. After the steam turbine was loaded on 10 axle-line SPMTs and the generator on two 10 axleline SPMTs, the components were transported to the ‘Vattenfall’ power plant.

Second, the 142-tonne transformer was transported from the factory in Bad Honnef to the plant. The transformer covered a distance of approximately 600 kilometres on inland waterways from Bad Honnef to Berlin via Rotterdam. Finally, SPMTs transported the transformer to the construction site, where it was unloaded and positioned by a 500-tonne lifting gantry. Finally, Wagenborg transported several filter sections from the port
of Steglitz (Berlin) to the power plant, which completed the project. 

Photo by Herman Verheij
Photo by Herman Verheij

Contributing to the 'Westermeerwind' offshore wind farm

Wagenborg Towage is contributing to the 'Westermeerwind' offshore wind farm with her tugs WATERPOORT and WATERLELIE. WAGENBORG BARGE 1, measuring 65 metres in length and 16 metres in width, transports the different components for 48 wind turbines to the construction site near Lelystad in the Netherlands. 

By road and by water to Bremen

For the Nord See One offshore wind farm, approximately 40 km north of the island of Juist, Wagenborg transported 31 offshore wind platforms from Salzbergen to Bremen (Germany). Trucks with platform parts departed from Ibbenbüren to Uffeln with police escort. Because of the extreme width of the transport (11 meters!) it was necessary to block the A30 highway between Salzbergen and Ibbenbüren. In the port of Uffeln, close to Ibbenbüren, a 130 tons mobile crane transshipped the platform parts onto a barge. All on the same day. Via the Rhine, the IJssel and the Lake IJssel, the barge will arrive Bremen via the northern provinces of the Netherlands and via the Eems.

Transport and installation of temporary bridge Münster

Wagenborg Nedlift and Wagenborg Towage performed the transport and installation of a 208 tons temporary bridge of 51 meters length in Münster (Germany). The bridge will be used for about three years. Meanwhile, the old ‘Schillerstrassen-Brücke’ will be replaced by a complete new bridge. The entire project includes skidding the temporary bridge from the quayside onto the Wagenborg Barge 3, water transport from Waltrop to Münster, lifting and installation of the bridge onto its foundation.

Loading of the bridge onto the Wagenborg Barge 3 has been carried out by a Wagenborg skidding system. The barge was already prepared with its own skidding track, to save time during the operation. After arrival of the WB3, the tracks were joined together and the bridge was skidded onto the barge. During the skidding operation, the barge was continuously ballasted to maintain the correct level. The unique aspect in this operation was that skidding onto the barge took place sideways. Next, Wagenborg Towage took care of the water transport of the bridge towards the jobsite in Münster. At last, the bridge needed to be lifted onto its foundation, which was performed in a tandem lift with a Demag AC 700 and a Liebherr LTM 1750 hydraulic mobile crane. In a time window of three hours the bridge was lifted from the barge and installed onto the foundation. The complete operation took only seven days.

150 m flow pipe moved

To clear the way for a drilling rig,  Wagenborg has moved a flow pipe for NAM. This pipe, 150 metres in length and weighing 13.7 tonnes, required one 400-tonne and two 110-tonne mobile cranes.

Wind turbine parts shipped

M.v. Marietje Nora (9,000 DWT) shipped a number of wind farm components from Esbjerg (Denmark) to Gdynia (poland) for Vestas.

Beer factory to Peterhead

In Amsterdam’s all-weather terminal, m.v. Isis (6,100 DWT) was loaded with components for a beer factory in Peterhead, UK.