Middle East oil projects drive Mammoet barge's regional return

Flat-top barge that was also used for Ain Dubai arrives at Ras Al Khaimah after two-year Far East stint amid oil activity spike

Ain Dubai observation wheel legs on the deck of Mammoet 331.
Ain Dubai observation wheel legs on the deck of Mammoet 331.

Equipment company Mammoet's barge, loaded with cargo, has arrived to Ras Al Khaimah port after a two-year assignment in the Far East as the company sees increased demand on the back of oil and gas project expansion in the Middle East, where it was also used in 2015 for the transportation of legs and the spindle of under-construction world record-breaking observation wheel, Ain Dubai. 

The flat-top barge spans 100x30x6.1m, and was built specifically for Mammoet. 

With a deck strength of 25 metric tonnes per square-metre, the barge is expected to complement Mammoet's heavy lifting and transport fleet in the Middle East.

Commenting on the plan to bring back the barge, Mammoet's commercial director for the Middle East and Africa, Michel Bunnik, said: “The Middle East market remains buoyant, specifically with the upcoming major developments such as Adnoc’s major upstream and downstream investments, and the offshore developments in Saudi Arabia.

"Offshore transport will be crucial for these projects, which will require high capacity modes of transport.”

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