HAMBURG: August 25, 2016. Hansa Heavy Lift has transported five pipe racks and three topside modules, weighing over 1,800 tonnes, from Brazil to China for the final outfitting of the Brazilian oil company Petrobras's delayed P-67 floating production storage and offloading unit.
China Offshore Oil Engineering Corporation (COOEC) took over the uncompleted construction of P-67 after original contractor Brazilian shipbuilder OSX filed for protection.
With the heaviest piece weighing 730 tonnes, the cargo was loaded onto the HHL Valparaiso at the ports of Itajaí and Rio de Janeiro for the voyage to Qingdao, in China's Shandong Province.
The company faced additional challenges that included draft and navigational restrictions at the river passage in Itajaí, tight stowage, and a long waiting time at all ports.
"We also had limited cargo information which meant a cargo inspection was necessary to assess the clash of rigging arrangements with the equipment and protrusions," said Ian Broad, Hansa Heavy Lift director of Cargo Management.
P-67 is expected to come on stream next year for use by Petrobras for the 'pre-salt' clusters of Lula Norte and Iara Horst, located in Brazil's deep water Santos Basin province - an area of 3.7 million acres.