Europe Cargo Moves Waalhaven Module
Breakbulk carrier Europe Cargo has transported an assorted cargo of overweight components from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to Okpo, Japan. The consignment weighed 469 tonnes and included a treatment module, a lifting frame, two boxes of slings and eight pallets of shackles. The largest item was the treatment module, which took eight months to fabricate at the Hollandia Yard and measured 18.6 meters long, 16.7 meters wide and 19.1 meters high.
The cargo was loaded aboard the heavy-lift vessel HHL Tokyo at the Waalhaven terminal at Rotterdam. Prior to loading, four heavy-lift platform feet supports were welded into position to steady the lift. “Once the cargo had arrived, it was welded onto the Hollandia pontoon alongside the vessel.
After cutting and grinding operations were completed, the Matador 3 floating crane, with a 1,500 tonnes capacity, hooked the unit which had been properly wrapped in plastic with access to the top lifting points by special inside stairways,” said Anouschka de Haan, forwarding department representative at Europe Cargo. The welding process took four days after the completion of loading, with intervals of 24 hours in-between for cooling as required for the NDT testing stipulated in the charter contract. Europe Cargo is a member of the Project Cargo Network, or PCN, a global network comprising more than 221 breakbulk firms in more than 100 countries.
Photo: The cargo was loaded waterside from the Waalhaven terminal.