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LV Shipping & Transport was established in 1921 in the Netherlands under the name J. Lensveld & Zonen B.V. The family company started with horse and carriage and traded in transport, road building, sand and rubbish skips. The head office is still located in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands.
In 1977 a new ferry trailer department started named Elvex. Shortly after this the first office in the UK was set up in Sheerness. It was operated a branch office to help return the trailers that were being shipped from Holland to the UK. LV Shipping & Transport was formally established in 1986, set up to undertake major oil and petrochemical forwarding contracts in the North Sea. Now 11 offices are strategically located along the East Coast of Scotland and England.
In more recent years, LV Shipping & Transport opened offices in Singapore, USA and Saudi Arabia. This growing network of own offices and dedicated agents offers you a full range of logistical services offers. Together with our facilities and our international teams of specialists we are dedicated to offer you a personal service tailored to the most demanding industry standards.
As an independent, privately owned company, LV Shipping & Transport focus on long-term relationships with our customers. It is embedded in the LV culture for our people to accept accountability. This ensures we do not let down our clients, our colleagues or ourselves. We look upon our service as being a partnership for progress for every customer.
LV Shipping & Transport has 2 products.
LV Shipping and Transport’s project department have successfully completed a four-and-a-half-year involvement on the Cygnus Field Development Project. During this time LV has supported three major phases of the project including, international freight forwarding of all free issue items, facility and support services for the construction of the fields two Heli Decks and latterly provided facilities, labour and vessel support service during the Hook-up and commissioning of the field.
LV’s inhouse personnel mobilised within the client’s office in London and commenced working on the project in January 2013. The dedicated personnel, who worked consistently on the project from day one, demobilised from the Project office on Friday 28th July 2017.
Cygnus field development is located in the Southern sector of the North Sea, 150km North East of Easington, East Riding of Yorkshire, consists of three bridge linked platforms known as Alpha Complex and one unmanned wellhead satellite platform known as Bravo located approximately 7km North West of the Alpha Complex.
Cygnus Field is the largest discovery in the last 25 years, which came on stream in December 2016 and currently contributes 5% of the UK’s Gas production, supplying the equivalent of 1.5 million homes.
Over the four-and-a-half-year period, LV was responsible for moving approximately 49,000 Tonnes of material, spread over 12,500 shipments/MMT’s (Material Movement Tickets), including 45 Abnormal loads & 10 vessel charters. During the construction phase, materials were moved from various vendors around the world and were delivered to two main fabrication sites in the UK, Heerema, Hartlepool and Burntisland Fabrications, Fife. However, during the Hook-up and commissioning phase, materials were delivered to the projects handling agents both Anglia Cargo in Norwich for airfreighting offshore via helicopter and LV Shipping and Transport in Middlesbrough for packing into containers and shipping offshore during the 231 port calls made by the projects supply vessels.
The prototype blade is one of the most innovative offshore wind turbine rotor blades in the world and was manufactured in the UK and USA, before being assembled at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Its modular assembly design is unique, which will enable larger, more effective turbines with reduced weight and higher performance. The blade is now at the ORE Catapult facility in Blyth for a planned six month testing programme.
The blade’s shipping specifications:
Length: 78.385 metres
Width: 4.30 metres
Height: 4.71 metres
Weight: 30.3 tonnes
The first leg of the journey was by river barge from NASA’s facility to the port of New Orleans, where the blade was discharged by two crawler cranes onto the quayside.
The second leg was by ocean vessel from New Orleans to the port of Antwerp. Firstly, the blade had to be repositioned from the point of discharge in New Orleans port to the new quayside location where the ocean vessel would be loaded. This was accomplished by using two crawler cranes. Then the blade was loaded on the deck of the vessel Rickmers New Orleans by using two of the vessel’s cranes, before setting sail for Antwerp.
The third leg of the journey was undertaken by a coaster vessel from Antwerp to the port of Blyth in Northumberland. When the Rickmers New Orleans arrived in Antwerp, the Abis Calais was waiting and pulled alongside. The blade was then lifted by the New Orleans’ own cranes directly onto the deck of the coaster.
The last leg of the journey was the shortest, but by no means less critical. The blade was lifted from the deck of the Abis Calais by two mobile shore cranes in Blyth onto a waiting special extendable trailer, and once secured made the relatively short trip to the ORE Catapult testing facility.
Operational, engineering and HSQE personnel from LV’s offices in Houston, Holland and the UK were involved in the meticulous planning of the entire project. Every stage of the operation was attended and supervised by senior LV personnel to ensure that the blade was delivered to its final destination safely and on time.