Two years of planing for 1,850-ton shiploader move in Australia
Following two years of planning, BigLift Shipping moved a 1,850 mt shiploader between two Australian ports. The company partnered with the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance to complete the shipment of the unit for the Shiploader and Berth Replacement (SABR) project.
Jumbo-SAL-Alliance noted that this is a sizeable shiploader weighing in at 1850 mt and measuring 76 metres high with the boom up. For the lift in the Port of Henderson, Western Australia, the Jumbo Kinetics’ cranes used special Dyneema slings to make the dual lift as safe and secure as possible.
Once secured onboard, the team sailed the shiploader to Hay Point Coal Terminal in Queensland, Australia for discharge. To ensure clearance with the berth structure the shiploader could only be offloaded on a high tide. Sea state was another consideration and the combination of these factors made for an interesting challenge.
Berth job done
At the end of last year, BigLift Shipping had already wrapped up the transportation for the Berth 2 at the Hay Point Coal Terminal, 30 kilometres south of Mackay.
The contract was secured with McConnell Dowell, consisting of multiple return shipments between Henderson, Australia, Sattahip, Tailand, and Hay Point, Australia, with the first voyage setting off in June 2022. The project took only six months to complete, with the last cargo being installed late December 2022.
Heavy lift trio, Happy Sky, Happy Star and Prinsengracht have all been deployed over the second half of last year to transport some 18,000 mt of modules.