Transformer unloaded in Antwerp Zeebruges by ONE

An OOG Siemens Energy transformer was lifted from the MV Westenwind barge to the MV ONE Columba, owned by Singapore-based, container transportation and shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE).

The heavy cargo was transferred in the Port of Antwerp-Zeebruges, more specifically at the PSA Antwerp Noordzeeterminal which measures 1,225 metres in length, has a max depth of 17 metres, an area of 79 hectares. It has 14 quay cranes, with an outreach capacity of up to 25 containers wide. The transformer was unloaded using a Brabo heavy lift crane.

The Cities of Antwerp and Bruges have agreed to merge their respective ports, solidify their position within the global supply chain and work towards sustainable growth. Additionally, the ports of Antwerp and Zeebruges are largely complementary: while Antwerp specialises in container handling and storage, break bulk and chemicals, Zeebrugge is a major port for liquid natural gas transhipment. The unified port will be able to consolidate its leading position in the world, thanks to a throughput of 278 million tonnes per year.

After being unloaded from the Westenwind and loaded on the ONE Columba, the transformer was secured by the lashing crew, for it to be secure enough for its sea voyage.

Author: Emma Dailey

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