Project Summary

In June 2012, Argonautics Marine Engineering, Inc. provided on-site assistance during the offload of 2  Siemens low pressure turbines delivered by cargo barge MB 2501 to the Crystal River 3 Nuclear Power Plant in Crystal River, FL. Each steam turbine was broken down in a lower casing, an upper casing, and a 168 t heavy rotor. The barge was grounded at high water with its bow against the river bank at a special prepared area. Steel ro/ro ramps were used to span the gap to the shore. The large parcels were rolled off one after the other, using either 6 or 12 axle Kamag trailers. During the offloads, the barge was ballasted to maintain ground reaction and minimize any list. 

During these offload operations, on-site support was provided to the offload contractor.  

Scope of Work

The project scope included:


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specialists in marine heavy-lift transportation engineering
naval architects
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Design the ballast procedures for the turbine parts offloads;
Provide on-site assistance during the actual offload operations;
Provide comprehensive report on the offload operation.
Turbine rotor rolled off over steel ramp
First turbine rotor picked up and ready to roll
Turning Turbine Rotor in place
Turning Turbine Rotor in place
Rolling Lower Casing to ramp
Rolling Lower Casing to ramp
Rolling Lower Casing on shore
Rolling Lower Casing on shore
Rolling Upper Casing off
Rolling Upper Casing off