Landmark heavylift transit along the Northern Sea Route completed

A new heavylift operator, Red Box Energy Services, is celebrating a landmark transit along the Northern Sea Route (NSR), hauling a jack-up accommodation rig called Atlantic Amsterdam from Denmark to Qingdao in China on its module carrier, Audax. The transit marks the first jack-up rig movement from Europe to China via the NSR.

Chris Muilwijk, the CFO of Red Box, commented: “The transit of the Atlantic Amsterdam via the NSR not only reduced the transit time from 51 to 27 days, but we were also able to avoid the serious risks of weather delays to be expected around the Cape of Good Hope at this time of year. The NSR routing eliminated the risk of potential damage to the rig’s legs as a result of the high seas and violent wind conditions that are always a factor when navigating around the Cape.”

The Suez Canal option was never considered due to the height of the legs, which would have prevented the Audax from passing under the Al-Nasr Bridge.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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