||As the issue of decreased availability of offshore wind monopiles becomes more prevalent and yard space for fabrication is insufficient, Baker Marine Solutions (BMS) revealed a new solution for the problem.
The BMS 1888 Mobile Pipe Mill Barge is a mobile pipe mill facility that can be scaled to meet the requirements of any specific project, anywhere on the coast. The facility can be moored anywhere with appropriate water depth and height clearance.
Should shoreside facilities not be available, the barge can also be mated up to additional mobile welding and coating facilities barges, creating a full-scale production line that can be rapidly mobilized to any area that can accommodate the marine footprint.
The 1888 barge will be fitted with two long seam weld stations, a roller arm, three welding manipulator arms for 10' rolled plates, two stabbing stations, two stringer weld stations, two back weld stations, two welding manipulator arms for back weld, one overhead bridge crane and gantry system, and four 60' spuds.
It will be capable of producing 10' x 25' O.D. cans produced by long seam weld, and 40' x 25' O.D. cans as a final product.
“The US offshore wind market will require forward-looking, practical solutions to complex supply chain challenges. The 1888 concept meets this goal,” says BMS President Jim Baker.