Unusual liaison on MV “Beluga Fanfare”: Port Cranes
and Heat Exchangers shipped on the weather deck

MV “Beluga Fanfare” with Port Cranes and Heat Exchangers on the weather deck

The port of the Hanseatic city of Bremen, Germany in the beginning of March 2009: Two huge modules for the oil and gas industry on the pier are ready for loading and subsequent transport to Ras Laffan, a harbour city in Qatar.

The small state in the Persian Gulf possesses sizable resources of oil and gas whose further processing depends on the punctual and safe shipment of both of the industry modules. The two identical block-shaped boxes are more than 14 metres long, 8 metres wide and 15 metres high, each one weighs 217 tons. “It is not the weight but the height which is challenging us”, says Captain Wojtek Pioch, Cargo Superintendent from the Beluga Transport Engineering and responsible for the safe loading and sea-fastening of the freight. “The height of the cargo pieces reduces the swing area of our cranes.” Captain Georg Leimig, the second Cargo Superintendent of Beluga on site, appends: “A lot of pre-calculation, computer simulations and engineering work has to be accomplished to prepare such a transport.”

The heat exchangers only add to an already demanding cargo on the vessel which constrains the available space on deck. MV “Beluga Fanfare” had loaded two harbour cranes in Rostock, Germany several days ago. Each of them weighs 236 tons and measures 34 metres in height. In addition, steel rails are stored under deck in the hatches.

Step by step, the cranes of the only in 2007 built multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier is moving the first heat exchanger onto the weather deck exactly to the designated position. With combined lifting capacities of 300 tons, the cranes of the vessel could handle even heavier loads. After settling the cargo, the sea fastening with stoppers and lashings begins. The same procedure is carried out afterwards with block number two.

On March 9, 2009 all works in the harbour of Bremen are concluded and the vessel is ready to sail. “There would not be much space now for more additional cargo, this was made-to-measure. Such excellent use of available space on a vessel helps us to realise efficient transports. Hence, our customers benefit from lower costs. Of course, safety has always utmost priority”, says Wojtek Pioch.

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