Modulift Team Up With Mocean Energy In Crucial Heavy Lift
A custom-made 50 WLL lifting frame designed by Modulift was key in being used to ensure that Mocean Energy’s new Blue X wave energy prototype could take its first-ever dip into the cold waters of the North Sea.
Mocean Energy, a key player in the wave energy industry, who have been operating since 2015; have been working on turning their concept into a reality for the past three and half years. The 20-metre long, 38-tonne wave machine (Blue X) is a prototype design that was manufactured with funding from Wave Energy Scotland’s Novel Wave Energy Converter programme.
Blue X has now undergone its first wet testing, load tests and ballast testing at Rosyth with the help of Modulift, a technical expert and manufacturer in the heavy lifting industry, based in Poole, Dorset in the UK. The Blue X has been recently transported to Orkney to undergo more testing at the European Marine Energy Centre.
Cameron McNatt, Managing Director and co-found of Mocean Energy, said of the heavy-lift that took place, “Lifting is a critical operation for Blue X – the device is lifted on and off of transport, into and out of the water sometimes over steep quaysides. And it is complex – Blue X is a hinged machine that can be lifted in two configurations. Modulift provided a fit-for-purpose solution and delivered not just the lift beam but also the rigging and helped in the design process. We are extremely grateful for Modulift’s support throughout Blue X launch programme.”
John Baker, Sales Director for Modulift said, “It was great to work with Mocean Energy on this project and crucial test lifts and we’re happy that we were part of it. Our custom design solutions are being used across all sectors for a wide variety of complex lifts and the one sector we really do enjoy is the wave energy industry. We have existing off the shelf products but we’ve found that a custom-designed frame can be the best solution for lifts like these.”
Modulift already have a presence in the wave energy industry but hope to expand and work with more experts in the field to help ensure more heavy lifting projects go to plan.
Modulift is an innovative engineering company that provides technical expertise alongside the manufacture and supply of specialist lifting equipment that is tested and certified to the highest worldwide standards.
The company produces high-quality lifting and spreader beams, spreader frames, and other ‘below the hook’ lifting equipment, that is used globally across the heavy lifting industry. Sectors provided include wind energy, nuclear, construction, and the oil and gas industries.
Headquartered in Dorset, UK, Modulift offers a complete engineering lifting service, including unique integrated lifting analysis with all products, available off-the-shelf or custom designed to meet a client’s specific requirements.
Its goods and services are delivered through a number of routes including direct end user, resellers, rental partners and a global distribution network.