Huge ship sails away

The Beluga Resolution pictured with its deck cargo at the Deep Water berth in Hartlepool docks.
The Beluga Resolution pictured with its deck cargo at the Deep Water berth in Hartlepool docks.

A SHIP has left Hartlepool with a cargo which provided an impressive sight for any passers-by.

The Beluga Projects vessel sailed out of the Deep Water Berth at shortly after 1am on Tuesday with massive cables, a huge boat and a catamaran on its decks.

The 400ft MV Beluga Resolution had arrived in Hartlepool from Bergen in Norway on Friday, February 25, and took on her cargo of 219 tonnes of reel, as well as the vessels.

She spent three days loading before setting sail for Batan Island in Indonesia where she is expected to arrive by the end of March.

The varied and huge load is no problem for the enormous ship which was built in 2005.

A spokesman for the Beluga Group told the Mail: “She provides about 10,500 tons deadweight loading capacity and on-board crane gear able to lift up to 500 tons in tandem usage.

“This vessel is one of in total six education vessels of the Beluga Sea Academy providing the possibility for up to eight cadets to learn and qualify in the real working environment. Besides the reel she also carries general cargo.”

Beluga operates more than 70 ships and their workload is often some of the heaviest in the world.

Its fleet is capable of handling work from the oil and gas industry, the offshore wind sector, port construction and expansion, power plants and “virtually anything big, heavy and difficult”, say bosses.

Beluga is a worldwide company first formed in 1995. Its market expanded early in the new Millennium to take in Brazil and Singapore and now operates from three divisions - Beluga Shipping, Beluga Offshore and Beluga Maritime Education.