Case Study

Heavy Reel Lift – 390T – to Vessel


Sapura Topazio

Agent/Clients/Third Parties:
Baggio Shipping & Chartering, Bridon Bekaert, Offshore & Heavylift Services

Operation Type: Reel Loadout
Description of Scope: Transferring 1 x reel (390T) from Factory to quay with SPMT, lifting reel (420T with Beam) from quay to vessel and Seafastening reel to vessel

BBC Dolphin

Services provided:

Lift Design Engineering

Pre-Arrival Planning

Pre-Arrival Set-up

Fendering Solution’s

Marine Support


Heavy/abnormal/complex lifting services

Material Handling Solutions

Load bearing Solutions

Transportation Solutions

Seafastening Solutions

Project Management

Logistics Support

Vessel Support

Quayside Assistance

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Shepherd Offshore Comments:

This Project was slightly different due to the use of an SPMT for the 1 reel loadout of 390t, as we utilised third party specialised equipment to move the reel to the crane's radius instead of client's crane and our fixed quay track system. The SPMT had to be to a specific height of 1.25m while also being low enough to move under the lifting / take up stand.

The project presented Shepherd Offshore with the opportunity to utilise some of our unique logistical assets and displayed our willingness to quickly adapt our schedule for client operations. Loading the reel to the vessel was completed successfully against a tight schedule in a safe, professional manner working in synergy with Baggio, Offshore and Heavylift Services and Bridon Bekaert in complex weather conditions.

Senior Project Co-ordinator, Shepherd Offshore.


Supervisor’s management, assistance and communication: 4/5
Quayside operational personnel punctuality: 4/5
Quality of service received from the operations personnel: 4/5
Quayside set up & Housekeeping: 4/5
How would you rate our HSE performance? 4/5
Was the job done accurately against the scope? 4/5
Staff’s professionalism and aptitude: 4/5
Staff’s ability to communicate and provide quality support: 4/5
How will you rate our overall quality during the full work scope? 4/5
Would you be confident to recommend SOS to others? 4/5

Project Manager, Offshore Heavy Lift Services

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