Wagenborg has received an order from Van Oord Dredging for transport of their new cutter suction dredger, named Ural River from Damen Nijkerk to Kazakhstan.
The dredger is a customized Damen CSD 650 dredger and can be partly dismounted for transport. Heaviest part is the main pontoon with a weight of 128 tonnes. Besides the main pontoon there are several smaller pontoons, two spudpoles, a cutter ladder with cutting unit and few 40’ containers with small parts, making a total of 19 items. The transport is challenging due to the extremely short prenotice of about two weeks and the fact that the dredger needs to be operational in Kazakhstan by the beginning of April as part of Van Oord’s dredging projects in the Caspian Sea.
Transport will begin end of January. First stage will be the transport of all items by rivervessels and Wagenborg Nedlift trucks from Nijkerk to Rotterdam, where the components will be gathered. In Rotterdam all parts will be loaded on a Wagenborg Shipping Icerunner type vessel which will bring the dredger to St. Petersburg in Russia.
Most challenging part of the transport is without doubt the roadtransport from St. Petersburg to Kazakhstan over a distance of almost 3.000 km. This roadtransport will take between 10 days for the containers and almost 30 days for the heavies.
Although this transport route seems complicated, it has turned out that it was the quickest and most cost efficient way, taking into account the Caspian Sea cannot be reached directly by vessels during this time of the year.