In late 2012 our new RoRo barges Ark 13, 14 and 15 were delivered in Rotterdam
At this time we intended them to carry heavy equipment from Germany to Russia however due to a change of plan we were able to book them for a more unusual contract to carry sections of a jack-up oil rig from Rotterdam to Baku where it would be reassembled for charter in the Caspian. The barges were positioned together underneath the rig which was then jacked down onto them and cut into 3 sections with the overhanging parts and the legs subsequently loaded onto LoLo barges. The 3 barges arrived in Baku last summer and then waited the arrival of the other parts. The Rig is expected to be ready for use in mid 2014.
OT Tugs for the Rivers – One of the main requirements for our operations in the rivers are good quality and well designed pusher tugs. In recent years these have become harder to find however we have managed to buy 2 more OT-2400 types the “Grizly” and “Vepr” which will be overhauled and join the fleet in time for the 2014 navigation season.
On a recent visit to Scotland when driving back via heavy rain and carefully avoiding flocks of wild Haggis running across the road we saw the sign on the left. The local council must already have known we had bought the 2 vessels above so bringing the fleet to exactly 40! Next year when we deliver the “Antarctic” they will no doubt have already increased the limit to 41….