Two heavy lift components – totaling almost 280 t

The two key components of this shipment were a turbine – piece weight 160 t, length almost 9 meters, width almost 5 meters – and a generator, piece weight almost 120 t, length almost 9 meters.

Cost efficiency in the pre-carriage through “bundling the goods” and shipping across the river Elbe

In our project, one heavy lift piece came from the Czech Republic and the other one from Germany. For cost-efficiency, our colleagues had worked out a transport concept for the pre-carriage through which both pieces would cover the main part of the pre-carriage to the port of loading in Hamburg on the river Elbe. A solution, which required close attention to timing and the choice of a special inland vessel.

Key factor: draught

For the turbine’s way from the manufacturer’s plant to the next suitable inland port at the Czech Elbe our heavy-lift experts organized a heavy-lift road transport.

At the inland port, the turbine was trans-loaded via heavy lift port crane directly from the flatbed trailer onto the push barge.

As laid out in our transport concept, the push barge then sailed to the inland port Vahldorf in Germany via the Midland Canal. Parallel, our project team coordinated the transport of the 120 t generator from the manufacturer’s site to the inland port Vahldorf via heavy lift road haulage. For the trans-loading of the generator onto the push barge a 600 t mobile crane was used.


Solution for interim storage needed due to delays at the construction site

During the pre-carriage changes in the dates of the project schedule at the construction site occurred. These made it necessary to deliver the goods later than originally planned. Our team organized an interim storage solution for the heavy lift pieces in the port of Hamburg. For the unloading to the pier, they used a port crane from the terminal, specialized in project cargo handling.


Short-sea-shipping via charter of a coaster

The destination of the goods was a new factory project in UK. For transportation across the North Sea we checked different scenarios and decided to ship via coaster in full-charter from Hamburg to a British “side-port”.

For loading the heavy lift components onto the sea vessel, we again used the terminal cranes of the heavy lift terminal in Hamburg. Actually, the good infrastructure for handling of heavy lift cargo added to our choice of making Hamburg the port of loading for this shipment.

(c) Lee Elliott Truck Photography

Efficiency through communication

The result:

We found not only a suitable place for handing over the cargo which was accessible for the heavy lift trucks, but also a costs saving solution for the transfer of the two heavy pieces. Instead of renting two cranes for the unloading, we had the heavy lift pieces lifted in the girder bridges, so that SPMTs could be placed underneath and the goods could be lowered onto them.

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