'Matador 3' in First Visit to Ireland

Tushar Bijur, senior lecturer in marine simulation at South Tyneside College, Chris Raley of the MCA and Bob Shaw, team leader on the VTS course. Tushar Bijur, senior lecturer in marine simulation at South Tyneside College, Chris Raley of the MCA and Bob Shaw, team leader on the VTS course.
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Rotterdam based heavy lift specialists Bonn & Mees are taking their new 1,500 ton capacity floating sheerlegs Matador 3 to Dublin this month where it will lift a 470 ton linkspan into position.

The new vessel's 70m by 32m pontoon was built in Romania and transported to Rotterdam where it was completed under the supervision of Bonn & Mees for christening in August. The vessel has since completed a number of smaller projects and last month undertook the lift of a 530 tonne ships crane for transport to the Keppel Verolme shipyard for placement on board a newbuild.

The job in Dublin will be completed with the Matador 3's A-frame only, which means the 600 tonne capacity jib can stay in Rotterdam and the vessel can travel with only one tug. When the jib is required for additional lifting height (76m maximum compared to 41m for the A-frame) the sheerlegs and jib (placed on a pontoon) will sail in double tow.

Bonn & Mees expect Matador 3 to open significant new markets with its potential to be mobilised anywhere in the world.

MJ Information No: 17706

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