The Audax, a Polar Class (PC-3) module carrier operated by Red
Box Energy Services, had been ordered to transport a system for the production
of liquefied gas from Zeebrugge to the Yamal LNG site in the Russian port of Sabetta.
The Rotortugs Smit
Emoe and RT Ambition assisted the large module carrier, which is no less than
43 metres wide, 200 metres long and 50 metres high, from the Module Marshalling
Yard in Zeebrugge, through the locks of Bruges-Zeebrugge, enroute to Sabetta.
A nice example
of a precision job. Due to their tremendous height, the modules caught a lot of
wind, meaning that the operation was subject to wind force restrictions. In the
lock, the Rotortugs did a perfect job. The ‘rotoring’-method allowed the crew
to continue towing with very short lines.