Sarens entered US Heavy lift and heavy haul space in 2009 by acquiring Rigging International, a company based in California. We officialy changed the name to Sarens USA, INC. in 2012.
Sarens USA, INC has offices in Houston from where we cover the Gulf area, in Montana from where we cover the Midwest, and in Rowesville from where we cover the East coast.
We provide Engineered Heavy Lifting Services
Heavy Transport Services
Decomissioning and Dismantling Services
Houston, Texas (Office & Yard)
10855 John Ralston Rd
Houston, TX 77044
Tel: 832 536 3669
Fax: 832 615 2678
Missoula, Montana (Office)
Missoula, MT 59808
Tel: 406 543 4427
Rowesville, South Carolina (Office & Yard)
122 River Dr
Rowesville, SC 29133
Tel: 832 714 0176
Sorrento LA (Yard)
9204-A Highway 61
Sorrento, LA 70778
Tel: 225 450 7027
Sarens recently helped remove decommissioned platform topsides from the North Sea’s Valhall oil field complex, located off the coast of Norway. Working in close cooperation with client Allseas from May through June, Sarens successfully loaded out and transported several topside modules from the Quarters Platform (QP), which had originally been built in 1979 but was no longer in use.
To prepare for the operation, Sarens first outfitted its barge Louis with suitable grillages that could support the approximately 3.850-tonne topsides. Then, the barge was sailed from Ghent, Belgium to Norway, where it was ready for load-in a few days later.
With the barge on site, Sarens and Allseas began demobilising the topsides, which took about a week. First, Allseas’ construction vessel, Pioneering Spirit, removed the topsides from the jacket and transported them to the disposal yard at Stord in Norway (Kvaerner Stord AS). Here, the Pioneering Spirit was moored close to the final disposal yard quay.
Next, the topsides were transferred to the Sarens barge Louis, which was positioned below. This transfer operation relied on the Pioneering Spirit’s TLS system, with ballasting to correct for the COG offset. The barge Louis then transported the topsides to the disposal yard and moored in load-in position.
After the sea fastening brackets were released, the topsides were lifted off the barge. Sarens operators drove 120 axle lines SPMTs (K24-ST) onto the barge to lift and load out the topsides. The barge was ballasted for stability as the SPMTs transported the topsides onto the quay and set them down on disposal supports.
This operation took place from May through June of 2019. Sarens commends project manager Kenny Decoster and the crew that made this operation a resounding success. Thank you to everyone involved in this important decommissioning operation!