Thursday, August 25, 2016

Heavy Lift Specialist Completes Another Giant freight Transport Project

Carrier Overcomes a Host of Difficulties to Bring Contract Home
Shipping News Feature
CHINA – BRAZIL – Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL), one of the few specialist logistics groups capable of such a giant project freight undertaking, has just transported five pipe racks and three modules, weighing a total of 1,871.51 tonnes and measuring 24,075 m³, for a new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit off the coast of Brazil. With the heaviest piece weighing 730 tonnes, the cargo was loaded onto the HHL Valparaiso at the ports of Itajaí and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil before being transported to Qingdao, in the Shandong Province of China, where it will undergo final outfitting before being transported back to Brazil.

The pipe racks and modules belong to the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit P-67, which is being designed for the pre-salt clusters off the coast of Brazil. The heavy lift specialist faced a host of additional challenges besides the basic difficulties of moving and transporting such gigantic pieces including draft and navigational restrictions at the river passage in Itajaí, tight stowage, and a long waiting time at all ports, which made general planning more difficult.

HHL’s Ian Broad, Director of Cargo Management pointed out the paucity of cargo information available prior to the movement which necessitated a full inspection of the loads involved was necessary to overcome any potential clash of rigging arrangements with the equipment and protrusions. Hansa’s Joerg Roehl, Chief Commercial Officer, commented:

“Our in-house team of engineers worked closely with the customer from the onset of the order to come up with the most viable and cost effective transport solution for this very complex project. This included custom-built grillage for load spreading on deck to accommodate the heavy modules, the modification of lifting lugs and the installation of platforms for safe access.”