Propelling across the waves

15 July 2021
News

When Freight Forwarder Martin Bencher needed to transport two large ship propellers from Kobe to Amsterdam, they chose Höegh Autoliners for their extensive experience in out-of-gauge shipments and direct liner service. 

Dedicated Cargo Handling team

With the 33 metric tonne propellers encompassing an outer diameter of 6.9 metres, it is considerably wider than the 2.6 metre-wide rolltrailer they will be transported on. 

Breakbulk cargo comes in various sizes and dimensions and requires extra planning to ensure its safe transportation. Höegh Autoliners’ team of cargo handling experts work closely with commercial teams to prepare these types of complex shipments. 

Einar Bassøe, Head of Global Cargo Planning Operations says,

When placing cargo on a rolltrailer, it is essential to calculate the stress and weight distribution. This to ensure safe equipment handling and proper cargo securing. It is also vital to find the appropriate lashing-method for the cargo based on its shape, dimensions and weight.

After careful calculations, a stuffing and lashing plan was prepared and presented to the involved parties. Following the plan, the propellers were rolled on board Höegh Sydney, ready for its ocean journey to Europe. 

Advantages of RoRo

A major advantage of using RoRo vessels to transport large breakbulk units, is that it is safer and less costly than other shipping methods. With the use of rolltrailer equipment, we reduce the risk of damage to the cargo as no high lifting is involved. Stowing cargo underdeck in ventilated cargo holds, keeps it safely away from elements such as seawater and humidity, requiring less costly packing solutions. 

Nil Camille, Sales Manager in Höegh Autoliners says,

Thanks to our experienced global breakbulk team and a fast and direct service from East Asia to Europe the propellers were safely transported to the satisfaction of the customer.

Floris Schorsch, Managing Director at Martin Bencher confirms,

We were very pleased with the service of Höegh Autoliners. They offered a safe, reliable, and competitive solution.