Salem Harbor Energy Center

Location: Charleston, SC to Salem, MA
Owner: General Electric and Iberdrola Energy
Completion Date: November 16, 2015
Categories: Featured Projects, Marine Services, Heavy Lift

Weeks Marine has been contracted to deliver power generation components from Charleston, SC to the Salem Harbor Energy Center being constructed in Salem, MA.  The plant is being converted from coal to natural gas and the Marine Services division has been tasked with all services related to waterborne deliveries. The project includes handling a multitude of heavy lift cargoes such as gas turbines, gas turbine generators and heat recovery steam generators (HRSG’s.)  The Weeks 2223 deck barge was loaded in Charleston and towed by the Tug Thomas to Salem where the gas turbines were discharged using the Weeks 533, which is a 500 ton fully revolving floating crane on an ABS classed hull.  After initial cargo discharge, the Weeks 533 will then mobilize within Salem Harbor to discharge imported cargoes consisting of HRSG’s and gas turbine generators from ocean vessels to the Weeks 2223 and the Weeks 2901 deck barges. These cargoes will then be discharged with the Weeks 533 crane to SPMT trailers on land.  The total volume of cargo handled will total over 900 pieces and the weights of the cargo will exceed 300 tons. Since they are power generation components they are sensitive to careful cargo handling practices, which is a service that Weeks Marine is often called upon to perform within the industry.  The engineering department of Weeks Marine created the lift and securing plans, which meet all industry standards for the safe handling and transport of the cargoes in a demanding marine environment.  Utilizing our vast fleet of equipment and the experience and professionalism of our operational and field staff, this turn-key marine transportation package was skillfully completed to the satisfaction of the shippers and the project owner.