Staff from the Canal & River Trust at Sharpness worked hard this week in co-operation with Sharpness Dock Ltd, the Gloucester Harbour Trustees and the Gloucester pilots to make sure that the widest ship to visit Sharpness in recent years docked safely.
The brand new Arctic Dawn with a beam of 17 metres sailed into Sharpness Dock on Wednesday on her maiden voyage from the Netherlands to collect gas metering systems for export to South Korea.
The Arctic Dawn is fitted with her own lifting gear which towered above the dock while she was in port. She was able to easily lift the two skid mounted shipments of Alderley gas metering systems, each weighing in excess of 36 tonnes. The Arctic Dawn will transport them direct to South Korea where they are destined for the floating liquefied natural gas facility, Prelude. Prelude is now the largest floating vessel in the world at 1,601 feet long – 150 feet longer than the Empire State Building is high.
Alderley, a local designer and manufacturer of metering and control system for the oil and gas industry, frequently uses Sharpness Dock to transport equipment to customers all over the world.