Raising the solution up a level to deliver water to Cyprus
Subsea buoyancy solutions
A pioneering engineering project, the Mediterranean Subsea Water Pipeline will see 75 billion cubic metres of fresh water delivered to Northern Cyprus each year from the Mersin province in southern Turkey.
The Mediterranean Subsea Water Pipeline will deliver
much-needed drinking and irrigation water to the north
of the island, where supplies are currently dwindling
due to inadequate rainfall. However, because the line
will cross one of the deepest parts of the Mediterranean,
where water pressure crushes anything manmade on
the seabed, the project has called for an innovative
The project is so unusual that it is to become the subject
of a documentary for the National Geographic Channel.
Innovation at every level
CInstead of placing the pipeline along the seabed, some
1,400 meters below the surface, engineers opted to use
a more innovative solution – a suspended pipe. Held up
by huge buoys to keep the line afloat at a depth of 250
meters, the pipe will not be affected by water pressure
or interfere with shipping movements.
The buoys were manufactured by Trelleborg Offshore
at its manufacturing facility in Skelmersdale, England.
For such a prestigious and novel project, a reliable and
high performance solution was essential to ensure the
safe floatation and guaranteed performance of the pipe.
Trelleborg’s modular buoys guarantee that the pipe
is protected from impact or damage, while retaining
its subsea position to ensure that the vital flow of water
makes its journey from Turkey to Cyprus uninterrupted.
Following manufacture, the task of moving the buoys
was placed with Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd,
an independent UK 3PL provider which fulfills logistics
services for Trelleborg in Skelmersdale, including project
shipping such as this. Hemisphere sourced the solution
with Grange Shipping and its principal Normed International
BV. The option was the most effective in terms of logistics
costs, convenience and safety. Minimal handling of the
buoyancy modules as well as a fast direct transit was
achieved by chartering a vessel into the Port of Hull and
sailing direct to Tasucu.
Humber-based shipping and logistics company, Global Shipping Services, received and loaded the buoys in Hull.
“It’s very exciting to see a cargo as significant as this pass through the Port of Hull. It really does demonstrate the versatility and flexibility of our facilities and shows that we are well placed to handle a wide variety of products. We’ll be watching how this particular project progresses with interest.”
Gareth Russell, ABP Business Development Manager Humber
“We were delighted to work with our partners to ensure their products arrived in Turkey in pristine condition and once again we showed that we can provide a first-class service within the Stevedoring Sector.”
Peter Waud, Operations Director, Global Shipping Services