After several days of welding to fasten six massive electrical room modules to the deck of an ocean-going barge, Cianbro crews sent off the latest shipment of high-quality product from the company's Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer, Maine today. The voyage began at around 10 a.m., and will end in Long Harbour, Newfoundland where the Maine-made modules will become part of a new nickel processing plant now being constructed by an international mining company.
The modules weigh approximately 150 tons to 450 tons each, depending upon individual characteristics, and have a footprint that covers roughly 25 feet wide by about 60 to 125 feet in length. Module height ranges from 25 feet to 50 feet, depending upon the number of stories. Two-story modules are 50 feet in height, and include four of the six modules on this shipment. A total of 22 E-Rooms will be built and delivered by Cianbro as part of the Design Build contract. With this shipment, seven of the 22 will have been delivered. Ten more modules have been started at the Brewer facility, and are moving toward completion. The remaining five will be started in the near future. The project is expected to be completed in September of 2012.
"Our Cianbro team members have been working above and beyond the call of duty," said Project Superintendent Bob Franck. "They have been delivering a quality product safely and on time. And that's with regard to all aspects of the project -- even right down to getting things seaworthy over the past few days."
With the modules fastened firmly to the barge, representatives of the client, the insurance company and the loading firm inspected the load to ensure that it is seaworthy. When the shipment finally slipped away from the Brewer bulkhead and down the Penobscot River, it was escorted by a pair of tugboats and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. The tugs and barge left at the optimum tidal conditions to give the vessels enough clearance to navigate. Once in Newfoundland, the modules will go through Canadian customs before being ready for inclusion in the new plant.
“This shipment is the second of five shipments to be delivered”, said Cianbro Constructors Vice President and General Manager, Joe Cote. “And with all shipments, the ultimate goal is to satisfy the customer completely by providing a quality product, delivering on schedule and performing the work safely.”