Samson Flexes Muscles in Heaviest Lift This Year

Monday 25 September 2006

The Belfast yard designed, fabricated and outfitted the modules for the Blackford Dolphin Semi-submersible Oil Rig, which is currently undergoing further conversion in the Dutch yard, Keppel Verolme of Rotterdam.

The giant gantry crane Samson, which has been busy all year, will be required to lift the 350 and 450 tonne units on board an ocean going barge, the heaviest lifts undertaken so far this year.

The Accommodation modules, which can house up to 130 personnel, includes a restaurant, gym, hospital and leisure areas, are due to be shipped today to Rotterdam where it will be installed on the Oil Rig Platform.

Robert J Cooper, Harland and Wolff Chief Executive, says the contract was awarded to the yard because of its ability to complete projects within tight delivery schedules and budgets. “Harland and Wolff has a strong reputation for completing high quality Conversion and Engineering projects within the most punishing deadlines and we are delighted that Blackford Dolphin’s Owner appointed us to complete the module,” says Mr Cooper.

We are also completing, for the same rig, the design, fabrication and outfitting of a second, Power Generation Module. Weighing approximately 600 tonnes, this is nearing completion in the assembly halls. Its build period largely overlaps that of the Accommodation Module and is due for delivery in December this year,” he says.