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GUNFLEET SANDS WIND FARM
WORKBOAT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?


The JACK-UP Barge EXCALIBUR


EXCALIBUR at night (In Season for Christmas)


 
This smaller barge crane (left) is moored a little further up the river. The large barge Excalibur is supported by the tug MTS Valour and Multicat Sarah Grey. From Point Clear Bay we can see the continual backwards and forwards of the support vessels Topline, Skua, Offshore Progress and Vanguard transporting both crew and supplies.


The Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm is situated about seven miles off shore from Clacton-on-Sea. Work on the foundations, a monopole five metres wide and hammered forty metres into the seabed, commenced on 25th August 2008 and construction is expected to last at least two years. The turbines will be connected together with submerged cables connecting each one and finally emerging at Holland-on-Sea. The project is in two phases with a total of 48 Turbines being erected.
Work began in earnest by DONG energy (Danish Oil and Natural Gas) and a large number of vessels are currently occupied on this work. The top two pictures show photographs of the barge EXCALIBUR moored in the River Colne, between Mersea Island and Point Clear Bay. At night it presents quite a sight and appropriately, as when these photographs were taken on 19th and 20th December, it was as though they were decorated to celebrate Christmas
Each of the turbines will be 129 metres high, measured from the tip of a blade to the sea below, with the bottom of the blade at high water being 22 metres clear of the sea.

21/12/08


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