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September 2009 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
The second largest gas turbine ever manufactured by Siemens
in Berlin was recently loaded onto the breakbulk vessel
'Rickmers Jakarta' at the Wallmann-Terminal in Hamburg for
shipment to Singapore.
Weighing 310 tonnes, the turbine is able to generate
electricity in an extremely efficient and environmentally friendly
manner. It is to be installed in a new gas and steam turbine
power station in the island state, which is due to start operations
in 2010 and can claim an energy efficiency of 80 percent.
With an output of approximately 250 megawatts, equivalent to
the power generated by about 3,500 medium-sized cars or 100
standard wind turbines, the eleven-metre-long and five-metre-high
gas turbine would, in theory, be able to generate three quarters of
the energy required by Hamburg's private households.
The pre-carriage of the gas turbine from the Siemens plant in
Berlin to the Port of Hamburg was carried out by barge. 'Rickmers
Jakarta', a multipurpose heavy lift ship owned by Rickmers-Linie,
lifted the turbine directly off the barge with its own shipboard
cranes while alongside at the Wallmann-Terminal.
The onboard cranes of Rickmers Jakarta and her sister vessels
are able to lift indivisible pieces of cargo weighing up to 640
tonnes. The holds are fitted with adjustable tweendecks as well as
air dehumidifying systems. The vessels are each 192 metres in
length and have a service speed of 18 knots.
Massive gas turbine loaded in the Port of Hamburg
The huge Siemens gas turbine loaded onto the 'Rickmers Jakarta'
A number of ocean carriers involved
with the international transport of
project and heavy lift cargos met on
May 26 in Antwerp, Belgium, prior to
the commencement of the Breakbulk
Europe Conference, and announced the
founding of the International Council
of Heavy Lift and Project Cargo
Carriers, or the Heavy Lift Club (HLC).
Issues of importance and concern to the
Heavy Lift Club include education,
technological innovation, the environment,
security and the awareness of considerations
involved with the marine transport of heavy
lift and project cargos.
Jan Steffens from Rickmers-Linie was
selected to be the chairman of the group.
"Heavy Lift and project cargo carriers
are crucial to world infrastructure,
which affects everyone," said Mr
Steffens. "The work of heavy lift and
project cargo carriers is not only
important, it is specialised. There are
technical, operational and safety
considerations in the heavy lift and
project cargo sector and important
challenges, which are not always
considered or understood.
"The Heavy Lift Club provides a forum
for exchanging ideas on industry matters
that are of interest and concern to heavy
lift and project carriers."
HLC membership is open to ocean
carriers who are routinely engaged in the
international transport of heavy lift and
project cargos through the use of a long-
term controlled fleet of self-sustained
heavy lift vessels.
Heavy Lift Club founded
Jan Steffens from Rickmers-Linie was selected to
be the chairman of the group
The new DCT Gdansk container terminal features container
handling as its primary function.
The terminal has recently handled a number of heavy pieces
destined for the adjacent Gdansk oil refinery, operated by Group
Lotos, and further shipments are programmed for later in 2009.
The two shipments were handled by the Polish freight
forwarder Hermes, which is headquartered in Gdynia.
Lotos is expanding and upgrading the Gdansk refinery under
the so-called 10+ Programme, which complies with the policy of
the Polish Government concerning the petroleum sector. This
requires Group Lotos to improve the power security of Poland by
providing continuity of energy raw material supplies.
Within the 10+ Programme, a number of technologically
advanced petroleum installations are being constructed, which
will enhance the efficiency of petroleum processing. The
development of the systems involves advanced technologies that
guarantee a high level of desulphurisation of petroleum products
and minimise the negative impact on the environment.
The first shipment was delivered at the beginning of May by
Jumbo Shipping's heavylift vessel 'Fairplayer' and included three
reactors, two weighing approximately 805 tonnes each and the
third weighing 1,170 tonnes. The three units each exceeded 28
metres in length. The method of discharging used multi-wheeled
trailers that were transferred onto a barge using DCT Gdansk's
On the first day of discharge, the barge was brought alongside
'Fairplayer', which was moored on the main quay, and using one
of her two 900-tonne capacity cranes, the first reactor was placed
directly onto the trailers.
The loaded barge then moved back to the Ro-Ro ramp,
allowing the reactor to be rolled ashore and placed on the quay.
On the following day, the exercise was repeated and the second
reactor was placed on the quay.
On the third day, using both of her cranes working in tandem,
'Fairplayer' discharged the third and heaviest reactor on to the
trailers and the barge then sailed directly to the refinery site,
allowing 'Fairplayer' to depart, her job accomplished.
Heavylift cargo capabilities at DCT Gdansk
Using one of 'Fairplayer's' two 900-tonne capacity cranes, the first reactor
was placed directly onto the trailers
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