MV “Beluga Felicity“ successfully transported giant port cranes to Africa
Port cranes rank among the largest, most complex automotive objects of the world. Three of these giants have been transported on MV “Beluga Felicity” in September 2008.
The multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier departed from Rostock, Germany, to deliver the valuable cargo both safely and on time to Nigeria and Namibia, Africa. Each of the Liebherr cranes weighs 283 tons. Every unit measures 36 metres in height which is about the height of a ten-floor building. In Rostock it was an easy task for the two powerful onboard cranes of MV “Beluga Felicity”, a vessel newbuilding delivered in 2008, to lift the port cranes in tandem usage on to the weather deck. On board the Liebherr colossuses rolled to their designated voyage positions on the in total 87 metres long hatch covers.
The experienced team of the Beluga Transport Engineering had elaborately planned and prepared every single step of the loading process: On the weather deck several steel plates had been placed in advance to compensate the strong impact from the wheels. In between the several holds of the vessel the transport experts of Beluga applied provisional bridges which the cranes rolled across to safely reach their final stowing positions. There, they were lowered onto additional blocks of wood to obtain a better weight allocation and to relieve the wheels of the multi tons burden. Due to the special character of the cargo no stoppers could be used in this case. Hence, all the more lashings like steel ropes or chains had to be affixed to sea-fasten the cranes for the two weeks journey traversing the rough Atlantic Ocean.
Following the 5,000 sea miles long voyage to Lagos, Nigeria, the two of the Liebherr port cranes were discharged and handed over to the client here. The third unit continued its way on MV “Beluga Felicity” to its port of destination in the Namibian city of Walvis Bay where it was lifted off the vessel and smoothly placed on to the quay.
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