Höegh Autoliners ships six 32-tonne breakbulk units
Höegh Autoliners has shipped six large multimedia filters for an offshore project on modified trailers. Four units were shipped on a double-wide concept, while the other two units were placed on a trailer with beams to make sure all four legs of each unit were properly supported.
The filters were shipped from Jebel Ali to Singapore. Each unit had a weight of 32 tonnes and a total width of 4.65 metres.
“When looking at the drawings of the multimedia filters, we identified that the support legs might affect the method in which we transport the cargo. In dialogue with the customer, it was agreed we would visit the production site to measure the cargo and determine the best plan for its transportation”, says cargo operations manager Knut Erik Holte.
“Given the dimensions of the cargo, It was decided to use the double-wide rolltrailer concept for four of the units. That concept is designed to transport wide cargo and involves placing two 40 feet roll trailers side by side and joining them by a coupling system. To ensure that all six units were transported on the same vessel, the remaining two units were placed on to a regular 40 feet roll trailer and supported by steel beams underneath”, Holte adds.
Ro/ro carriers are increasingly targeting new types of breakbulk and project cargoes. Like Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Höegh Autoliners is actively advocating the use of car carriers for conventional breakbulk transports. With global car sales declining, that trend is expected to intensify.