Project Summary

For the new single tower self-anchored suspension bridge between Oakland and Yuerba Buena Island, two steel foundation footings plus two connector beams were transported from their construction site in Vancouver, WA, to the installation site in the San Francisco Bay using the cargo barge LUCKY LOGGER. Early September 2006, using a set of 9 Scheuerle self-propelled hydraulic modular trailers, each 1,000 t heavy E2 footing was rolled onto the barge stern over a ramp, while the barge was (de)ballasted to maintain level with the dock. After loading, each footing was lowered onto pre-installed grillage structures. These grillage structures were designed such that they could be re-used with minimum modifications for the T1 footing, to be transported early the following year. After securing of the footings, connector beams, and miscellaneous items, the loaded barge departed and was towed to Oakland, CA.

Upon arrival, the barge was moored for a few weeks in order to complete the pilings. When ready to receive the footings, the barge was ballasted down to a minimum freeboard and the seafastenings were removed. The barge was then positioned under the catamaran lift vessel, which lifted the footings off the barge while the barge was ballasted. The lift vessel was towed out into the Bay and installed the footings over the piles. This same operation was repeated the following year for the slightly larger, but much heavier T1 single tower foundation footing.

Scope of Work

The project scope included:


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Feasibility check of the selected barge;
Prepare loading procedures for each footing, including ballast plans;
Design optimum stowage arrangement;
Establish design wave and wind criteria for the tow;
Stability and barge motion analyses;
Structural analysis of the barge structure subjected to the Ro-Ro ramp, trailer, and grillage loads;
Design of footing grillage structures and seafastenings, based on future re-use for the heavier T1 footing;
Design of connector beam lashing arrangement;
Prepare detailed ballast plans for the lift-off operation;
Calculate minimum freeboard, hull stresses, and stability during discharging;
On-site assistance during loading, seafastening, and lift-off operations.
Rollng on second E2 footing
Rollng on second E2 footing
Welding seafastening brackets
Welding seafastening brackets
Relocating to deep water berth after loading
Relocating to deep water berth after loading
First footing lifted off
First footing lifted off
Lucky Logger loaed with the E2 footings departing from Vancouver
The LUCKY LOGGER loaded with the E2 footings departing from Vancouver