Smooth sailing for heavy locomotives

14 May 2021

Transporting long and heavy locomotives is no simple task, but it is a lot smoother when you have the right equipment and extensive breakbulk experience.

Recently NGL Projects tasked Höegh Autoliners with the ocean transport of three heavy locomotives from Durban to Brisbane. The challenge presented was the 18-metre-long locomotives weighed 109 Metric Tonnes each, requiring special handling equipment.

Innovative equipment

Over the years, Höegh Autoliners has developed innovative handling equipment to safely transport a more diverse range of breakbulk cargo.

Einar Bassøe, Head of Global Cargo Operations explains,

To safely transport heavier locomotives, we developed our Heavy Duty Rolltrailer. These 62-feet rolltrailers are equipped with rails and enable us to transport rail cargo up to 140 Metric Tonnes.

The locomotives were safely lashed on Höegh’s Heavy Duty rolltrailers and loaded on board the New Horizon vessel Höegh Trigger.

Safer with RoRo

Rolling cargo on board RoRo (Roll On Roll Off) vessels makes the operation smoother and safer as there is no high lifting involved. The safety continues when stowing cargo underdeck, as it is protected from elements such as seawater and humidity.

The locomotives journey from Durban to Brisbane was made possible with Höegh’s regular Europe to South Africa and Oceania liner service.

Cheryl Moodley, Höegh Breakbulk Sales Manager in South Africa says,

Providing a safe and smooth solution for our customers is our top priority. With the support of our experienced breakbulk team and innovative equipment, we ensured the safe transportation of the locomotives to Australia, to the satisfaction of the customer.

A commitment to sustainable transportation solutions

Höegh Autoliners operates some of the greenest and largest PCTC vessels in the world. The New Horizon series can transport up to 8500 car equivalent units and have been designed to minimise its impact on the environment. Built on state-of-the-art technology, the vessels emit only half of the CO2 per car transported compared to a standard car carrier.