Project Summary

On Thanksgiving day in November 2011, Argonautics Marine Engineering, Inc. provided on-site assistance during the offload of 2  Siemens low pressure turbines delivered by cargo barge CHURCH CREEK to the St. Lucie Power Plant in St. Lucie, FL. Each steam turbine was broken down in a lower part, an upper part, and a 168 t heavy rotor. 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 keep the bow level with the dock.

Three weeks later, a new generator rotor, weighing 176 t was delivered by barge to the same power plant. This rotor was rolled off and moved into the plant, where it was lifted off the transport cradle. The old rotor was lifted back onto the same cradle, secured and tarped, and rolled back onto the barge.   

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

Scope of Work

The project scope included:


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Review of the ballast procedures for the turbine rotor part offloads;
Provide on-site assistance during the actual offload and reload operations;
Provide comprehensive reports on the operations.
Turbine rotor rolled off over steel ramp
First turbine rotor safely offloaded
Start rolling off turbine rotor
Start rolling off turbine rotor
Rolling off turbine part
Rolling off turbine part
Pulling out empty trailer
Pulling out empty trailer
Rolling off generator rotor
Rolling off generator rotor