MV “Beluga Bremen” transports two 800-ton
autoclaves over the Pacific Ocean

MV “Beluga Bremen” transports two 800-ton autoclaves over the Pacific Ocean

Time-sensitive shipment from Malaysia to the Dominican Republic // Heaviest cargo pieces ever lifted by Beluga // Four filming crews accompanied the project.

MV “Beluga Bremen”, one of Beluga’s flagships with crane capacities of up to 1400 tons, starred in the transport of two true heavyweights from Southeast Asia to the Caribbean. The two autoclaves weighing 800 tons each are vital components of the Pueblo Viejo mining project under construction in the Dominican Republic. Thus, the operator Barrick expected both: maximum speed AND utmost safety from the shipping company. For good reasons, Beluga was selected for the transport of the two heavy units.

“One difficulty we faced were the not yet defined final characteristics of the autoclaves as they were manufactured in-time”, says Eduard Lopkov, Cargo Superintendent from the Beluga Transport Engineering. “To stay flexible we were calculating with a weight range of 730 to 840 tons. Due to exceeding the 800 tons limit it was clearly a job for the two powerful 700-ton cranes on our P2-series.”

On May 24, 2010 MV “Beluga Bremen”, loaded the two autoclaves measuring about 38 x 6 x 7 meters in Kuantan, Malaysia. In spite of the enormous weight of the cargo, both items could be loaded within a single day. “We are very satisfied with the vessel’s performance”, states Lopkov. “Fast cranes and the powerful anti-heeling system able to pump 1000 cubic meters of water per hour provided for such an express loading.”

The additional stability pontoon, a special feature of the P2-vessels, contributed significantly to the success of the loading operations in the port. The pontoon, which is only used during lifts of very heavy cargoes, grants a higher moment of inertia and, thus, more steadiness to the vessel.

While lifting and sea-fastening the valuable cargo the crew of MV “Beluga Bremen” and the transport engineers of Beluga took special care for its highly sensitive surface. The heat-treated coating had to be thoroughly protected against any scratches or bumps. The client’s Rigging Supervisors and Welding Inspectors approved the quality of that work on site.

To speed up the delivery, the available open deck space on the vessel was not used by far. Only two offshore SPM buoys, loaded before in Singapore, and four heat exchangers for the same project in the Dominican Republic, loaded shortly after in Shanghai, completed the shipment.

After more than 11.000 sea miles through the Pacific Ocean, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, MV “Beluga Bremen” reached the port of Samana in the Dominican Republic end of June 2010. The vessel had to place the heavyweights to a specified position far from the ship’s side. Regular for the season, tropical thunderstorms additionally complicated the operations. Nevertheless the discharge ran as smoothly and efficiently as the loading.

“We are very contented with this project. We wanted to do it as simple, as fast and as elegant as possible and I think we succeeded”, says Eduard Lopkov who together with the vessel’s crew enjoyed an unusual publicity in Samana. Four different filming crews accompanied the discharge. “Due to the satisfaction of customer, crew and team are looking forward to the next shipment of autoclaves for Barrick.”

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