A few weeks ago, transportation of 8 impressive LPG tanks, so called Bullets,  started at the manufacturers’ location in Willebroek, Belgium. Each tank had a transport dimension of 8.68m wide, 13.62 high and a length of 38.54m. The weight including supports was around 330 tons. Destination: Denmark. These transports were an important step of the expansion project of an oil terminal, which will receive large volumes of oil and gas from the Hejre field in a few years. For Wagenborg, this project was a perfect opportunity to show their expertise in Factory to Foundation projects. Our scope of work involved the transportation of all eight bullets from Willebroek until installed onto foundation at the oil terminal in Denmark.

Transshipment in Rotterdam
Transshipment in Rotterdam
Transport through the streets of Fredericia
Transport through the streets of Fredericia

The journey by sea

At the manufacturers’ site in Willebroek, the tanks were loaded onto barges by RoRo (Roll on Roll off) operation. From here the transport was headed towards Rotterdam where the tanks were loaded onto our SPMTs by the Matador 3 floating sheerleg and temporarily stored onto steel supports. Transport to Denmark was carried out by a heavy lifting ship. In the Danish port the bullets were again discharged onto our SPMTs and temporarily stored, waiting for their final transport and installation at the oil terminal.

Transport through the streets of Fredericia
Transport through the streets of Fredericia
Going up the ramp
Going up the ramp

Transport through the streets of Fredericia

Spectacular it would be and spectacular it was! For four days, every evening, two tanks were transported from the city harbor to the oil terminal, a 6.5 kilometer route. On Saturday the 28th of June, the first transport through the streets of a Danish town was planned. After intensive preparations, including route surveys, placing steel plates and removing all kinds of obstacles (trees, traffic lights, signs and street lights), the 16 axle lines, double configured SMPTs started rolling towards the first corner. Hundreds of spectators gathered to witness this remarkable event in the normally quiet and peaceful looking town. The route had a few tight corners through the towns’ center which made an impressive scene. The final phase of the transport was a 10% ramp, specially constructed for this project leading towards the LPG bullet area on site.

Lifting operation (Photo: Per Medom Olesen, Shell)
Lifting operation (Photo: Per Medom Olesen, Shell)

Installation at the oil terminal

At the Oil terminal, the 400 tons LR 1400 and the 350 tons CC2200 crawler cranes were put into action, both in superlift and main boom configuration. The tanks were lifted directly from the SPMT’s by the two crawlers.  In a slow movement, both cranes crawled to the foundation and lifted the tanks on their final position to the millimeter precise in pre-shaped sand beds.

 

The whole project was executed to full satisfaction of our client and without any delays. Again a project where Wagenborg Nedlift has proved their quality performance!

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