Busy Jack-Up Finds Haven in Harwich
The jack up barge ' Vagant' was towed into Harwich Haven last month to shelter from the North Sea storms and tidal surge which lashed the east coast of England and Continental Europe. The barge was under tow by Euro-Tugs’ 5,000bhp ' Union Diamond' from the North Sea to Dunkirk, where it is now in drydock undergoing a five-year inspection.
Since its launch in 2002, Vagant has been used on a variety of projects including the salvage of car carrier 'Tricolor' in 2003, the largest civilian peace time salvage operation ever undertaken, and the construction of offshore wind farms including one off the Danish coast south of Samsoe and on the Thornton Bank off the Flemish coast, where Vagant undertook geophysical survey work.
Earlier this year the vessel was working on the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm approximately 7km south-east of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex UK, where it was involved in geotechnical investigations and boreholes. This is the second wind farm to be started in the Thames Estuary and approaches and will comprise 30 turbines generating some 108MW each. Gunfleet 2 will add a further 18 turbines. Both are operated by DONG Energy, which also has offshore wind farms in the North West of England and South Wales.
Vagant subsequently worked in the North Sea for BP at the West Sole field assisting with rig movements and re-establishing wellheads and will next be deployed as an accommodation barge.
By Graeme Ewens
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