News in brief

Nassauborg ships gas pipes to Antwerp

The freight department at Wagenborg Shipping deals with various types of dry cargo, including bulk products and break bulk cargo. Wagenborg specialises particularly in timber and forest products (timber, paper, and cellulose), steel products (pipes, sheets, rolls), and project cargo such as wind turbine components, yachts, and gas pipes. 

The m.v. Nassauborg was recently fully laden with gas pipes that were 90 centimetres in diameter. The vessel was loaded in Mersin, Turkey, and unloaded in Antwerp, Belgium.

Crawler crane in action in Hoogkerk

For construction of the new Van der Valk hotel in Hoogkerk, Wagenborg is engaged in a long-term project using its 180-tonne crawler crane (a Sennebogen 5500 R-SL). 

The new hotel is being built right next to the Park & Ride facility alongside the A7 motorway. Construction of the complex began in 2015. The crawler crane is carrying out a variety of lifting work for the new hotel. The first-floor walls have now been installed . The 7-storey hotel will eventually be no less than 27.5 metres high.

Besides the lifting work, Wagenborg is also transporting the prefabricated roof elements. Two of the 23 consignments from Emmen have now arrived in Hoogkerk.

From Schapen to Sankt Ingbert

Last spring, Wagenborg transported a huge storage tank (45 tonnes, 20 metres long and 4 metres in diameter) from Schapen to Sankt Ingbert in Germany. For the 600-kilometre journey, the tank was carried on a low loader in the configuration “3-bed-5”, i.e. 3 front axles, 5 rear axles. The time between loading and unloading was only two days. A successful operation!

From Waddinxveen to ‘s Gravenzande

In April 2016, Wagenborg transported a second “Mobile Wellhead Compressor Skid” for the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM). The first skid was transported from Waddinxveen to Gaag in April 2015. The second skid transport also started in Waddinxveen but this time the destination was ‘s Gravenzande. 

A 200-tonne mobile crane was used to load the 62-tonne skid (16.5 metres × 4 metres × 4 metres) onto a low loader (a “3-bed-6” combination), after which the convoy followed the N211 road from Waddinxveen to NAM’s site at ‘s Gravenzande. The distance was about 50 kilometres, which required quite some preparation of the route, for example the temporary removal of a number of sets of traffic lights. 

On arrival in ‘s Gravenzande, the skid was unloaded using a 400-tonne mobile crane. NAM will use the skid in ‘s Gravenzande to help extract the final 0.3 billion m3 of gas from one of the gas fields.

Wagenborg transports a topside Horns Rev C

Waterland and Wagenborg Barge 9 – the biggest tug and pontoon in the Wagenborg fleet – transported a 1600-tonne topside to Esbjerg (Denmark). The topside was constructed for the high-voltage substation at the 400 MW Horns Rev C offshore windfarm.


The pontoon (122 metres by 36.6 metres) was loaded using SPMTs. A special team of Wagenborg ballast engineers assisted on the quay during loading at the HSM site in Schiedam.

Special transport across the Wadden Sea

Wagenborg recently came up with a special route to transport ten mobile homes to the Frisian island of Ameland. The extensive maintenance work currently taking place at the ferry terminal in Nes meant that the caravans couldn’t be transported by ferry in the usual way. The temporary bridge is unable to cope with a consignment of this size. A different solution therefore had to be found.

In close collaboration with the parties involved, a transport route was worked out using Wagenborg’s Barge 2 and two pusher vessels. The ten mobile homes (each weighing 8 tonnes) were loaded onto the pontoon at Eemshaven, after which Wagenborg could take them on their journey across the Wadden Sea. The next day, the special convoy docked at Ballumerbocht on Ameland, and the mobile homes could be taken to their final destination.

Knuckle tree crane in triple lift

Wagenborg recently carried out an exceptional job: transhipping a knuckle tree crane with the aid of no fewer than three 400-tonne mobile telescopic cranes. The transhipment (from an inland waterway vessel to a sea-going ship) took place in Harlingen. 

The 193-tonne knuckle crane, which will ultimately operate on a sea-going ship, was constructed in Drachten. There, it was loaded onto the barge Limenas using a 400-tonne mobile telescopic crane, in combination with local overhead cranes. Once it arrived in Harlingen, the special triple lift could begin. While the 400-tonners jointly held up the hydraulic crane, the Limenas could leave, with the MV Deo Volente then taking up her position. Working in perfect coordination, Wagenborg’s crane operators then loaded the crane onto the Deo Volente, after which the luffing jib crane could continue on the rest of its journey.

Wind turbine components for the ‘Great Lakes’

Wagenborg is active in the wind-energy industry, with some 180 dry cargo vessels working within Europe, crossing the Atlantic to America, and going from Asia to the US. Transporting turbine blades has become a focus area for Wagenborg Shipping, one in which it has proved itself to be a reliable and flexible partner within the wind-energy sector. The MV Arubaborg recently took a number of wind turbine blades on board for the Great Lakes in the US.

Biggest hydrohammers yet for IHC IQIP B.V.

Offshore windfarms are being constructed increasingly far out to sea and in ever deeper water, so the demand for larger monopiles is getting bigger, and with it the demand for larger piledrivers. The firm of IHC IQIP B.V. has therefore developed the S-4000 hydrohammer, the most powerful hydraulic impact hammer on the market. Wagenborg Projects & Logistics recently transported two of these powerful hammers from IHC’s site at Kinderdijk to Cuxhaven (Germany) and IJmuiden, respectively.

After successful testing and with support from a 750-tonne crawler crane (LR1750), the hammers were lifted at IHC’s production facility using a SBL500 lifting jack, after which a 10-axle dual-linked SPMT – provided by sister company Wagenborg Nedlift – could move the first hammer out of the facility to the nearby quayside. 

The hammer intended for Cuxhaven was loaded onto the MV Sandettie (DWT 3000). A Demag 500SL provided by Wagenborg Nedlift was used to help load the hammer, which was accompanied by two 43-tonne power packs and a 36-tonne hose winch. In Cuxhaven, the S-4000 hammer was exchanged for a S-3000 hammer by the jack-up vessel Innovation and was then taken back to Kinderdijk by the Sandettie. The second hammer was loaded onto a pontoon destined for the Seajacks Scylla. It was delivered to IJmuiden together with other components such as power packs, hose winches, hoses, a control cabin, and spare parts containers.


All in all, this job is another excellent example of the complete logistics service provided by Wagenborg. It was carried out safely and according to plan by Wagenborg’s experienced personnel and state-of-the-art equipment.

New 400-tonner in action for temporary bus bridge

The first job for Wagenborg’s new Tadano ATF 400G-6 all-terrain crane was to install a temporary bus bridge on the route from the Hoogkerk P+R to the main station in Groningen. The temporary modular bridge is made up of a number of separate sections. The eight big sections are 32 metres long by 3.5 metres wide, and weigh 45 tonnes. In 2018, the temporary bridge will be replaced by a tunnel under the railway line.

Heroism by Wagenborg operators

Last April, Wagenborg loaded a 295-tonne transformer onto a pontoon at Bad Honnef on the Rhine. While the RO-RO ramp was being installed, a Mini with a single occupant fell into the river about 100 metres upstream. Wagenborg’s operators Theo Elferink, Erik Kooij, and Henk Top were working downstream and saw the Mini drifting towards them. Thanks to the heroic efforts of our operators and of those on the pontoon which stopped the car, it was possible to save the occupant from drowning. 

“It was like a film,” says Erik Kooij. “The car was suddenly in the water and drifting towards us. We realised that the person in the car would drown if we didn’t do anything.” Erik’s colleague Theo Elferink continues: “If the pontoon hadn’t been there, then the lady wouldn’t have had a chance.” But the guys don’t feel like heroes: “Anybody would have done the same,” says Theo, “meaning help someone in an emergency."

Five cranes lift water pipeline

Extension of the water system required a 386-metre long water pipeline to be installed under the A7 motorway and the Winschoterdiep canal at Sappemeer. Wagenborg was contracted by Visser & Smit Hanab and deployed five of its mobile telescopic cranes to carry out the work for the Groningen Water Company.

The five Grove cranes (two 35-tonners, two 50-tonners, and one 70-tonner) were used to keep the pipeline at exactly the right height while positioning it. This was an exceptional job demanding excellent communication.

Skids from Krimpen aan den IJssel to Schiedam

Wagenborg was recently contracted by the firm of Frames Group to transport 7 skids from Krimpen aan den IJssel at the Damen shipyard in Schiedam. The skids are intended for the MV Petrojarl 1 and differ in size and weight (up to 15.2 metres long, 8.9 metres wide and 8.4 metres high, and up to 220 tonnes). 

After each of them had been carefully weighed, Wagenborg moved them from the construction hall onto the pontoon. The four heaviest skids were loaded onto the pontoon using SPMTs, after which they could start their journey by water to Schiedam. A few days later, the remaining three skids were loaded onto the pontoon using mobile cranes and also taken to Schiedam. 

The Petrojarl 1 is an FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel), a special type of ship used to store and/or process crude oil and gas. At the moment, she’s in dry dock in Schiedam, being converted so as to produce crude oil at the Atlanta oil field off the coast of Brazil. The skids transported by Wagenborg are needed so as to adapt the vessel to carry out the planned work.

Wagenborg wins ESTA award 2016

On 14 April 2016, the ESTA jury declared Wagenborg the winner of the award in the Transport category “Trailer Load over 120 tonnes GCW (Gross Weight)” for the project at the bridge over the Kruisvaart canal in Utrecht.

The 45-tonne composite bridge deck (14 × 23 metres) was transported from the factory in Rotterdam to the construction site in Utrecht. Wagenborg’s engineers came up with a state-of-the-art solution for the many obstacles and trees along the route, namely a specially customised support structure allowing the bridge to be transported in a vertical position. Wagenborg – Sign of Solutions.

Lubbers Logistics Group acquires division of Wagenborg Nedlift

Lubbers Logistics Group, a transporter in the oil and gas drilling industry, acquired the Special Road Transport division of Wagenborg Nedlift with effect from 1 July 2016. The proposed acquisition is part of Lubbers’ strategy to further strengthen its position in the energy market. Wagenborg Nedlift, a specialist in horizontal and vertical heavy transport, has taken this strategic decision so that it can in future focus entirely on its niche market: lifting, heavy transport, and assembly.

Ton Klijn, General Director of Wagenborg Nedlift, explains: “This is a positive move for both Lubbers Logistics Group and Wagenborg Nedlift. It means that Lubbers can further expand its transport fleet and organisation, while we at Wagenborg Nedlift can focus more on our core activities of lifting, heavy transport, and assembly. Transferring our Special Road Transport division to Lubbers means we are confident of a good future for our employees in this division.”

Ger Engelsman, CEO of Lubbers Logistics Group, comments: “The additional equipment that we will acquire is an excellent addition to our existing truck and trailer fleet, and it allows us to expand our European network. It’s also obvious that we’re adding to our in-house expertise by taking on the experienced employees that join us from Wagenborg Nedlift. We’re therefore confident that we can further optimise the services that we provide for our clients.”

Protection caissons installed near Kampen Town Bridge

As part of the “Room for the River - IJssel Delta” project, the collision protection barrier near the town bridge in Kampen is being strengthened. To this end, five protection caissons were mid-June installed, the first sections of which were successfully installed by Wagenborg Towage recently.

Wagenborg used its 300-tonne floating sheerleg crane, Triton, to load the five protection caissons, weighing a total of 275 tonnes, on to the Wagenborg Barge 3 and Wagenborg Barge 6 pontoons at the prefabrication site. They were then towed to the town bridge by the tugs Waterpoort and Waterlelie.  The initial intention was to install one protection caisson under water per day for a whole week. However, thanks to Wagenborg’s expertise, the last protection caisson was already installed halfway through the week.

Wagenborg completed the project  mid-June, with the installation of the superstructure.

Wheelhouse installed at a height of 38 metres

Using one of its 500-tonne mobile telescopic cranes, Wagenborg installed the wheelhouse of the Symphony Performer, a vessel under construction for Symphony Shipping at the Ferus Smit Leer GmbH shipyard. The 75-tonne wheelhouse needed to be raised to a height of 38 metres. Given the limited space available, the load had to be raised across a very small working radius of only 16 metres. To carry out this task, Wagenborg equipped its 500-tonne mobile crane with a guide boom and with 180 tonnes of counterweight. The fine engineering and the true professionalism of the Wagenborg crane operators made it possible to raise the wheelhouse using only the 51.8-metre main boom equipped with a guide boom. This meant that Wagenborg could save a lot of time.

Fuldaborg loaded with wind turbine components

Wagenborg has gained an excellent reputation in the wind energy industry in recent years. In many cases, this involves transporting large components to their final destination. One recent example was with the MV Fuldaborg, which was fully loaded in Esbjerg (Denmark) with various components for Kalajoki (Finland) and Pitea (Sweden).

Liner service deliverscolling units from Haraholmen to Terneuzen

Wagenborg Shipping Sweden AB offers a Liner Service between the ports of Haraholmen (Piteå), Bremen, Sheerness, Terneuzen, Cuxhaven and Södertälje with the B-class vessels. The service between these ports supports the shipments of many types of goods, such as breakbulk.

Recently eight cooling units were loaded in Haraholmen (Sweden) on the m.v. Bothniaborg for destination Terneuzen (the Netherlands).