North East to Rotterdam: the enormous IHC pipe-lay tower leaves

45m structure will be used on a pipe lay vessel designed and constructed by IHC group

The 45m high pipe-lay tower which has left the Port of Tyne destined for Rotterdam
The 45m high pipe-lay tower which has left the Port of Tyne destined for Rotterdam

A pipe-lay tower more than double the height of the Angel of the North has left the Port of Tyne, destined for Rotterdam.

The bespoke construction, which belongs to IHC Engineering Business (IHC EB), has towered over the Port since November 2013

In a complex operation lasting over 24 hours, it was loaded aboard the Meri heavy load vessel, which will deliver it to Rotterdam to be installed onto a pipe lay vessel designed and constructed by IHC group.

The structure represents the state-of-the-art in pipe-laying technology and is considered by the Port to be visible testament to the booming offshore industry on the Tyne.

Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne chief operating officer, said: “The Port has built a close customer relationship with IHC EB since they relocated to our Tyne Dock Estate in 2010.

“This is one of many construction projects which IHC EB has loaded from the Port’s Riverside Quay and we hope there will be many more in the future as the river sees more demand from the emerging oil and gas fabrication sector.”

IHC EB has been a designer, manufacturer and installer of bespoke equipment for the offshore industries since 1997.

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