Höegh transports furness parts with RoRo vessel
RoRo vessels do not only transport cars, as Höegh Autoliners proved recently. For Themba Dry Cargo the shipping company presented a solution for the complex shipment of furnace parts from Durban to Singapore.
Part of the challenge, says Wanda Blignault, Marketing Executive for Themba Dry Cargo, was getting the right shipping company. ‘We contacted a couple but because of the out-of-gauge proportions of the assets we were turned away by all but one – Höegh Autoliners. They were literally the only one that could help.’
Höegh Autoliners has extensive experience in shipping out-of-gauge breakbulk cargo. The Norwegian shipping company carries close to six million cubic metres of high and heavy and breakbulk cargo annually worldwide.
The shipment consisted of two large tilting frames, each 18 MT, and two furnace shells, each 21.1 MT. A mobile crane was used to transfer the cargo pieces from the road truck trailers, which they had been transported on, directly on to rolltrailers. The width of the units on the 40 foot rolltrailers meant there was a two metre overhang on the tilting frames and 1.35 meter overhang with the furnace shells.
Höegh’s port captain that was supervising the operations, says: ‘Because of the overhang, the risk for damage is high. To ensure the cargo could be safely loaded on board, we had to have an optimal angle of approach and the ground clearance of the overhang had to be increased. We therefore added extra dunnage beneath the cargo to increase its height.’
With all four units safely loaded on board of the Höegh Osaka, additional dunnage support was placed on each side of the cargo overhang to prevent any movement, and protect the highly sophisticated cargo during its sea voyage.
Author: Martin Dekker
Date: the 16th of August 2018
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