[VIDEO] Jumbo-SAL-Alliance delivers shipyard cranes from China to Italy
Earlier this year Jumbo-SAL-Alliance was contracted to transport three fully erected single boom shipyard cranes, from China to Italy. The cranes have been manufactured by Haixi Heavy Machinery Company in China for the Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri.
The specialist was contracted by LiHua Logistics Company to deliver the three cranes from China to three separate Fincantieri yards in Italy.
The alternative was to transport the units in pieces (pedestal, crane house and boom) and then erect them at their destinations. However, considering the overall project costs, the client preferred to deploy Jumbo Kinetic, and to transport the fully assembled cranes, all at once.
The challenge of transporting shipyard cranes like this is that they are not only tall; they are also extremely narrow and have a small footprint, Jumbo-SAL-Alliance noted in its statement.
This means that, compared to other types of cranes, their centre of gravity is relatively high. The highest two cranes, for instance, were 137 metres high during loading (with boom raised fully) and 81 metres high during transport.
To increase the stability, Jumbo-SAL-Alliance team engineered a shipping solution in less than 3 months.
“These cranes were particularly narrow; one of them was only 9 metres wide at its base. Therefore, stability of the cranes was critical during the lift. We added 100 tonnes of ballast to the base of one of the cranes to increase stability during the lift and the voyage,” says Jumbo senior project engineer Otto Savenije, whose job focuses on the lifting and stability calculations, seafastening and engineering of the project.
The Jumbo Kinetic, only one of three vessels in the world capable of this project, loaded the cargo with its own deck cranes – each lift as a dual-lift – into its cargo hold.
“We lifted the first and second cranes one by one to the middle of the ship, driving them aft and forward on temporary rails that we built at two different heights. The third crane stayed in the middle of the ship,” explains Otto.
Farourable weather for Jumbo Kinetic
With its cargo safely loaded, the Jumbo Kinetic departed Qingdao, China on 10 February. The dimensions of the cargo impacted the route options for Jumbo’s Vessel Manager Jeroen Herders.
“The cranes were too high to pass under the Mubarak Bridge in the Suez Canal. So, we had to go round the Cape [of Good Hope], have a bunker stop in Durban, and then going up the west coast of Africa to the Mediterranean.”
To guarantee that the maximum allowed acceleration forces on the cargo where not exceeded throughout the entire voyage, the Jumbo Kinetic sailed with a maximum wave height restriction of 5.4 metres. Anything higher than that, the vessel had to slow down. “But as it happened, the ship had favourable weather en route, resulting in a smooth passage around the Cape and no delays during the transit.
The vessel offloaded the cranes in Trieste on 1 April, Sestri on 18 April, and La Spezia on 26 April.
Bellow you can watch the video Jumbo-SAL-Alliance released summarising the operation.