In the western part of the Netherlands lies the ACT. This Container Terminal started ambitiously in 2001 competing the port of Rotterdam. Due to insufficient cargo it turned out economically to be impossible to operate the terminal profitable. That is why the terminal was closed in 2013, leaving nine container cranes for sales. Four of them were sold to a Spanish terminal, after which Wagenborg took care of this transport. The remaining five container cranes also have been sold lately; two cranes will be shipped to Gdynia, Poland and the remaining three will go to Tenerife, Spain. A transport again completely carried out by Wagenborg.

The importance of preparations

How do you transport container cranes weighing 1.500 tonnes and measuring 110 meters in height over sea? A challenge for which Wagenborg Towage has proven to be successful back in 2012. The three container cranes destined for Tenerife were towed on Wagenborg Barge 11 to their new home port. Wagenborg’s newest pontoon measures 122 m in length, 36.6 meters in width and 7.6m in height.

The power of SPMT’s

To load the cranes one by one from the quay side on the pontoon, SPMT´s of Wagenborg Nedlift were deployed. These Self Propelled Modular Trailers are specially designed for complicated heavy transports due to their unique characteristics. The wheels can be moved 360˚ and independently from each other, while carrying up to 40 tonnes per axle line and the trailers can be operated remotely.

Four double connected 16-axle SPMT´s were equipped with specially developed beams were positioned under te cranes and enabled the container crane to be raised off the rails. After this it would 'only' be a matter of driving before the crane could be driven on the pontoon. After all container cranes were loaded and sea fastened, the transport could set direction to the Spanish port. 

Job done

After a safe journey of almost 14 days the Wagenborg Barge 11 arrived safely in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Here the cranes were unloaded piece by piece by working in a reverse order than in Netherlands: remove sea fastening, drive the cranes off the barge by means of RORO operation and safe deposit on the rails. By good cooperation between the various Wagenborg companies every day one crane could be discharged safely to the full satisfaction of the customer. After all the cranes were unloaded the barge and equipment were prepared for the return voyage to the Netherlands, where she arrived safely meanwhile.

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