2017, the semi-submersible crane and pipelaying vessel Saipem 7000 arrived for maintenance in the port of Rotterdam. At Hook of Holland's breakwater, the tugs
of KotugSmit connected and assisted the crane ship to its mooring place at
Keppel Verolme yard.
Saipem 7000 is the
world’s second-largest crane ship, with a lifting capacity of 14,000 tonnes. In
addition, the vessel can lay pipes to a depth of 2,000 metres. Docking the
vessel in and out at Keppel Verolme yard was a true precision job. In the case of Saipem 7000, the biggest challenge was the available room at the
dock; which means 0.5 metres to spare at both ends, and only 0.3 metres under
assisted the in- and outdocking of Saipem 7000 at the Keppel Verolme dock. Over
the years, KotugSmit
has built up a lot of knowledge and confidence among its clients, so that its crews
can work safely and systematically, in accordance with a proven plan.