The Ace of Spades dragline excavator has been one of the largest in Northern Europe for well over a decade and is now bidding farewell to the region. After a full scale demobilisation and transportation operation, the 4,500 tonne crane is presently being loaded to vessel to go to its new home in the United States.
The excavator has been broken down into manageable pieces and stored at the Port since January taking up over 10,000 sqm of storage in total. The project has utilised the Port’s new hi-tech cranes capable of lifting pieces up to 100 tonnes in one lift.
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of the Port of Blyth stated “We are delighted to be involved in this major project which reaffirms the Port’s position as a primary gateway for large scale project movements to and from the north of the UK”.
The Port has developed a reputation for dealing with a variety of specialist project movements from the movement of individual components to the mobilisation of entire Wind farms.