Cranes of MV “Beluga Stavanger” load over another vessel

A winch is loaded into the freight hold of MV “Beluga Stavanger”.

Extremely short time window for five lifts during complete closure of Trave river.

A huge vessel on small-sized waters: MV “Beluga Stavanger” completely blocked the traffic on the narrow Trave river winding through Lübeck, Germany, while loading three 450-ton and two 100-ton winches directly at their production site. The team had to stay within a small berth window and execute all operations as fast but also as safe as possible. A delay due to any reasons would have ruled out the passage of a cruise vessel which was scheduled for the evening on the last day. Experience and an excellent preparation enabled the punctual conclusion of the loading even though heavy rain showers complicated the progress of the project.

MV “Beluga Stavanger” could not berth directly at the pier as her draft exceeded the water depth at the banks of the river. For mooring, the team on site placed a small coaster in between the multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier and the jetty to compensate this disadvantage. “Yet in the office we were as well simulating other possibilities like fixing our vessel from both sides of the river by ropes. But at the end, this was the best and safest option”, explains Beluga Cargo Superintendent Tambek Jakson.

However, since the cargo had to cover also the distance over the coaster for loading, the cranes of MV “Beluga Stavanger” had to reach further away from the vessel. The stability pontoon – which is usually applied only for cargoes weighing 700 tons or above – was placed on starboard side to increase the firmness of the whole system. Hence, the vessel could conclude the cargo operations as planned and freed the quay for the MV “National Geographic Explorer” exactly on the scheduled time – with five up to 13 meters long winches safely stowed inside the cargo hold. “That was pinpoint accuracy. We even encountered the cruise vessel on our way back to the Baltic Sea”, says Christoph Krüder from the Europe Desk of Beluga Chartering. Only a powerful multipurpose heavy-lift carrier with two strong 700-ton cranes like MV “Beluga Stavanger” and experienced teams on board and ashore could enable a quick and smooth loading under such challenging conditions.

On August 31, 2010 MV “Beluga Stavanger” set sail for Batam, Indonesia, the port of destination of the five winches where she arrived in October. On the way, the vessel additionally loaded, transported and delivered an entire 800-ton barge from Brake, Germany to Odessa, Ukraine. This “intermediate” king-size shipment also included machinery parts as well as 3000 tons of steel.

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