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Offshore & Heavy Lift Services

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Able Seaton Port has some of the strongest quays in Europe.
Construction of Quay 6 is now complete and provides the capacity to receive 48,000t single piece units.


ABLE has undertaken a multi-million pound investment plan to purchase new heavy lift
and transportation equipment. The ports hard standing area, deep water, large quays
with heavy lift crane pads make it an ideal location for challenging projects to be



ABLE is well adept in the handling of complex project cargo. Our versatility, combined with a decisive and flexible mind-set, has, and will continue to create solutions for industries that present a number of challenging scenarios.

Loading & Unloading

Our clients obtain a competitive advantage from a location that is at the heart of the North Sea’s offshore industries.

Our wide range of facilities mean that suitable berths can be provided for the following types of vessels (subject to demand):

  • Oil and Gas drilling rigs
  • FPSO’s
  • Offshore Wind installation Vessels
  • Conventional cargo vessels
  • Container vessels
  • Bulk carriers
  • Supply vessels
  • Anchor angling vessels
  • Tugs and Workboats
  • Ro-Ro vessels

Available on site 24/7

  • Liebherr LHM 600 SHL Mobile Harbour Crane. Find out more
    • Liebherr LHM 600 SHL Mobile Harbour Crane. SWL of 208 Ton at 24 metres radius and capable of lifting 53.7 ton at 58 metres radius. Can be used for handling containers with our Bromma container handler attachment. Maximum hoisting height above quay of 59 metres
  • Liebherr LR1300 Crawler Crane. Find out more
    • Liebherr LR1300 Crawler Crane. 300.5 ton lift capacity and can be configured to a maximum radius of 80 metres. Also available with a 50m leader rig attachment and Bruce 16 ton piling hammer.
  • Sennebogen 6130 Crawler Crane. Find out more
    • Sennebogen 6130 Crawler Crane. Can be configured to lift 136 ton and has a maximum radius of 42 metres.
  • Zoomlion RT55 Rough Terrain Crane. Find out more
    • RT55 Rough Terrain Crane. SWL of 54.88 ton and a maximum working radius radius of 41 metres. A main jib head height of 34 metres but also comes complete with a telescopic fly jib that can increase the head height up to a height of 54 metres and can be offset from 0 to 40 degrees.
  • Scheuerle 6 axle Self Propelled Modular Trailers (SPMTs) complete with Z350 power pack units. Find out more
    • Scheuerle 6 axle SPMTs complete with Z350 power pack units. With a SWL of 48 ton per axle can be supplied in a vast array of different configurations.
  • Forklifts Find out more
    • Various sizes of forklifts available from 2.5 ton up to 32 ton.

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Our Services

The ABLE team can provide the following project services:

  • Accommodation Modifications
  • Crane Line Boring
  • Dive & Spud Leg Surveys
  • Fabrication & Repair Works
  • Hull Replacements
  • Handrails & Ladders – reconfigurations
  • Internal Refits
  • Plant and Equipment services
  • Ultrasonic Hull Inspections
  • Replacement of Wind Walls
  • Shot Blasting and Painting
  • Pipe Works
  • Scaffolding
  • Testing
  • Tank Cleaning and Waste Removal

ABLE also offers the following:

  • Fabrication halls and warehousing
  • Bespoke Design and Engineering services
  • Paint-shop, coatings and touch-up facility
  • Project and Procurement services
  • Back office functions, H.R, Finance and Administration
  • Project staff
  • Employment Agency – services to mobilise large workforce
  • Stevedoring
  • Securing and repairing services
  • Sea fastening
  • Fully furnished and serviced offices
  • Industrial canteen and mess facilities
  • Full dry cleaning, PPE and apparel provisions


Case Studies

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Tubular Steel Piles Unload

The LHM 600 mobile harbour crane unloading a delivery of 4,000t of steel tubular piles, that were carried by BBC Bangkok.

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UK’s largest mobile harbour crane at work

The new ABLE LHM600SHL harbour crane installing a 120t BOP unit onto the Patriot semi-submersible drilling rig

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Hereema H627 Barge Arrival

The H627 barge, 179m long and almost 50m wide, is operated by Heerema Marine Contractors, and arrived at Able Seaton Port with a 4,000 tonne payload, including the top section from a North Sea platform jacket.

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The former BP North West Hutton Living Quarters were delivered by barge and transported over the quays by multiple sets of SPMT’s. An extensive refurbishment has since transformed it into on-site offices, welfare and canteen facilities.

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Petrofac FPF! – Topside Destruct

One of a series of complex heavy lifts during the Petrofac FPF1 top-side destruct project

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2,000T Ringer Crane

A 2,000t ringer crane at Quay 10 Able Seaton Port

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ABLE new fleet of SPMT’s transport the former BP North West Hutton Modular Support Frame (1,600t) to the quays for deployment

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Offshore Cable Reels

Transporting offshore wind cable reels for export using SPMT

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Receiving the former BP North West Hutton 2,541t steel jacket foundation at Able Seaton Port

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Dry Dock Capability

The Dry Dock at Able Seaton Port is one of the largest in the world and has been used for a number of large fabrication projects such as the BP Ravenspurn

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The delivery and subsequent installation of an accommodation module onto an oil and gas drilling rig on Quay 11

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Pressure Vessels for Gas Processing Plant

In a meticulously planned and executed transport and hoist operation lasting five days, four 250-tonne, 110-foot-long “slug catcher” vessels and a 60-ft, 50-tonne phase separator travelled the four miles from the Able UK dock to the Teesside Gas Processing Plant (TGPP).