Van Oord is building an advanced transport and installation vessel for the offshore wind industry, named ‘Aeolus’. Being built at the Sietas Shipyard in Hamburg, the vessel will be equipped with a gigantic crane. The crane measures over 100 m in length, 12 m in width, 7 m in height and weighs about 350 tonnes. The question is, “how can a crane with these dimensions be transported to the construction site?” Van Oord approached Wagenborg Projects & Logistics with the request to transport the crane from the manufacturer’s site in Lübeck to Hamburg by vessel initially.
Our logistic solution
However, due to the dimensions it was impossible to transport the crane using one of our multipurpose vessels. Positioning on deck was an alternative but Wagenborg Projects & Logistics came up with a much ‘better’ solution: towing the crane to Hamburg by barge. The tugs Waterstroom, Watergeus and Wagenborg Barge 5 are perfect for transporting these types of special project cargo. But then came the next challenge - how to move this gigantic crane onto the barge? A simple call to Wagenborg Nedlift was enough to arrange a RORO operation. This is what makes Wagenborg a unique company. Having skilled people, equipment and logistic solutions available inhouse.
After completing all the engineering and other preparations, the job started by positioning the barge alongside the quay of the crane manufacturer in Lübeck. Subsequently, the barge was prepared for the cargo and ballasted to the right water level to ensure a smooth RORO operation. After these preparations the heavy crane was moved successfully onto the barge with two 6-axle double connected SPMTs. Finally, the cargo was secured for transport to Hamburg.
What initially started with a shipping request became an integrated logistics solution involving a tug, barge and some SPMTs. This is a great example of our ‘Sign of Solutions’ philosophy.
“What initially started with a shipping request became an integrated logistics solution: a great example of our ‘Sign of Solutions’ philosophy.”