The Super-ship Innovation dominated the Teesside skyline once again.
The jack-up vessel, one of the world’s largest of its kind, chose companies on the Tees for a second time to help prepare for her next job.
Mobile Mini based on Teesport were pleased to help by supplying a 32’ dry room, 20’ office, 24’ canteen, 24’ storage container and a 16’ 2+1+shower c/w waste tank to ensure the job went smoothly.
Co-owners GeoSea hailed the last mobilisation project a “real success” and the Belgian company has pledged to use Teesport again for future UK jobs which is great news.
Back from a successful installation job on the 35-turbine Westermost Rough wind farm, north of Hull, the Innovation is due to set sail again on Friday 30th May , this time for the Irish Sea.
Renewables bosses had chosen Teesport ahead of others in Denmark and the UK for the work.
It’s boosted business for Teesside companies including Teesport owner, PD Ports, shipping agent LV Shipping and MC Construction, among many others.
A spokesman for GeoSea said: ”We selected the Tees again as our preferred stop-over on the way to another project.
“Conditions are very favourable for us to work there; it’s a combination of availability of necessary services, key works, agencies, everything is in a short range and within our reach.
“The next job is in the Irish Sea.
“Innovation is one of the largest installation vessels of her type, there are larger but they’re more for oil and gas.
“It’s most probable that future jobs in the UK will be done on the Tees, due to the people and good services.
“The previous mobilisation was a real success and this one is going well due to the full commitment of the local services, who even worked on a Bank Holiday.”
Innovation is looking forward to a busy future after demand for larger turbines has risen.
The industry has upscaled compared with two or three years ago to include a new dimension of monopiles, which are very heavy and large, according to the spokesman.
GeoSea co-owns Innovation with shipping company HGO InfraSea Solutions. Innovation’s access to Teesport had been made possible by National Grid after the earlier-than-planned dismantling of two electricity pylons and an overhead line crossing the river.