Recently the m.v. Avonborg shipped a special cargo from Pozzuoli (Italy) to Eemshaven (the Netherlands): two HVDC cables of each 65 kilometers.
Before the cables could be loaded, the Avonborg had to be prepared by assembling and installating two cable tanks measuring 17,5 meters in diameter in both cargo holds. This was constructed at the Wagenborg Stevedoring terminal in Eemshaven. Now the m.v. Avonborg left Eemshaven and set sail to Italy to load the cables.
After a smooth trip the Avonborg arrived according schedule in Pozzuoli. Here mobilization could start to prepare the vessel for the loading operations. Specially engineered deck equipment was assembled and installed on deck to load the cables into the vessels holds. The m.v. Avonborg was now ready to shift to the jetty of the cable plant, where the cables could be loaded.
Wagenborg picked up the cable at the end of the jetty, brought it on board and led it over the installed deck equipment into the special constructed cable tanks in the cargo holds. Mooring the stern of the vessel to the jetty, while loading the cable through the stern, was considered to be the safest and most practical loading method, as it guaranteed an unobstructed and straight route to the hold.
The loading of the cables, measuring 128mm in diameter and weighing 41 kg/m, could start and was completed according the time schedule. After completion m.v. Avonborg set sail back to Eemshaven.