Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Another Project Freight Forwarding Task Completed by Rickmers

German Carrier Moves Giant Gas Storage Tanks
Shipping News Feature

MALAYSIA – KUWAIT – Regular readers will know we are always suckers for a decent photograph and the picture here shows a project freight forwarding job undertaken a few weeks ago by heavy lift specialist shipping line Rickmers-Linie whose nineteen thousand tonne vessel Baltic Winter recently completed the transportation of three LPG storage tanks, each weighing 475 tonnes, from Kuantan in Malaysia to Shuaiba in Kuwait.

Fabricated by KNM Process System Sdn Bhd, part of the global KNM Group, the tanks were destined for the new Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) LPG filling station at Umm Al-Aish, to the north of Kuwait City. The new plant will be built on an area of 150,000 square meters and is destined to provide 15 million cylinders of gas every year. The overall project, which involves six tanks, is being handled by the Malaysian heavy lift transport specialists SGV Logistik Sdn Bhd and Aman Logistics Sdn Bhd with the former awarding Rickmers-Linie the contract to transport the first three units to Kuwait.

Each tank takes up over five and a quarter thousand cubic metres with dimensions of 60.1 x 9.0 x 9.75 metres and proved a challenge for the heavy lift multi-purpose dry cargo ship despite her twin four hundred tonne cranes with the extreme length of the pieces posing the problem of calculating a safe stability configuration. Rickmers say in normal circumstances this would not have been a big issue but the fact that no stability pontoon was available on this vessel, it turned out to be quite a difficult job. After hours of thorough preparation and planning, the Rickmers-Linie Cargo Transportation Engineering Team finally developed a suitable solution as can be seen by the photograph.