This versatile machine, which can be used to lift cargoes weighing more than 250 tonnes, as well as a pile driving machine, has a total freight volume of 800 cu m and required the shipment of some pieces weighing over 65 tonnes (pictured below).ALS (Freight Management Nederland) BV’s road transport team in Moerdijk, the Netherlands arranged for the machine to be dismantled into 50 pieces which were then transported loose or packed in cases, crates or bundles.The ALS team arranged for suitable special trailers, as well as necessary lifting equipment to be in place for the operation, and made sure that they could be adapted to handle a range of scenarios including: factory collection, mobilisation of cranes, positioning of trucks and trailers and delivery to outgoing seaport for loading on to ship.ALS’ project specialists were on hand 24/7 to supervise the entire operation, involving an independent marine cargo surveyor requested by ALS’ client. The company’s ocean projects team arranged a heavy lift vessel which carried the cargo from Holland to Itajai port in Brazil.The crane will be used at the port of Itajaí for pile driving works required for the port’s offshore infrastructure.
The vessel arrived in Leer earlier this month in preparation for the next phase of the Eco Flettner project, which was announced in 2015, as HLPFI reported here.“During the last two weeks, the forecastle was strengthened, new wiring was laid and the control console for the rotor was installed at the bridge,” said Matthias Hesse, managing director of Fehn Ship Management. “This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will monitor and manage the prototype sail propulsion system automatically.”Meanwhile, Fehn Ship Management’s deck officers have completed training at the Faculty of Maritime Sciences in Leer to get accustomed to the handling of the Eco Flettner.The vessel is expected to leave the port of Leer at the end of next week. After a test at sea Fehn Pollux will return to its normal services between ports in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Northern Europe and the Baltic.During the next 12 months scientists of the University for Applied Science Emden/Leer will evaluate the efficiency of the additional propulsion system under real conditions.www.fehnship.dewww.ems-fehn-group.com