Heavylift / Breakbulk

  • Technical teams closed key sections of route to regular traffic.

19.09.2013 By: Christian Doepgen

Artikel Nummer: 3037

Of boilers and refrigerators

Holleman has expanded steadily across Eastern and Central Europe since it launched its activities in Romania in 1997. It now has branches in Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova, Hungary and Ukraine. After a management buyout in 2003, the company P. Schwandner Transport + Logistik, from the German town of Pfreimd, assumed ownership of half of the company shares in 2004.

Over the last few months the activities of the heavylift cargo transport company Holleman have been successfully diversified. Some spectacular transport tasks have been handled in the company’s «home countries» in Romania and Bulgaria. In so doing the heavylift cargo transport enterprise relies especially on the well-developed inland waterway navigation network there.


Condensers to Constantza

Early in September two large condensers were relayed from Ploiesti to the Black Sea port of Constantza (both Romania). The transport was handled via a ro-ro terminal located in the Romanian inland port of Oltenita, on the Danube. Each of the steam condensers weighed roughly 105 t and were 6.35 m high on the transportation vehicles. Dozens of electrical, telephone and television cables had to be removed prior to setting off on the overland transport leg of the route. With these cables the condenser would have been 6.95 m high.

On the Danube Holleman used a barge with a 2,000 t loading capacity. Transferring the units to the ship, with the use of gantries on pontoons, required approximately nine hours of work. After a distance of 200 km was covered on the Danube, the Holleman team was also in charge of handling the heavylift cargo in the port of Constantza, including all lashing required. The condensers left the port as ocean freight destined for Australia, where they will be used in a refinery.

In Bulgaria, in turn, the company had to keep cool for a particularly sensitive cargo handled in August. Holleman received an order to transport an oversized refrigeration container from the Turkish glass producer Sisecam – one of the largest investors in Bulgaria, which has been constructing four new factories around its country headquarters in Targovishte (northeastern Bulgaria) since 2011. The refrigeration container, measuring 35.7 m long, 5.4 m wide and 3.8 m high and weighing 93 t, was to be transferred from the inland barge to the factory (which is still under construction) using intermodal transport options.

In less than an hour the cargo was unloaded in the Danube port of Russe (Bulgaria) in a tandem operation with a mobile and a floating crane. During overland transport the 120 km to the destination were covered in less than eight hours, even though the delicate transport operation had to be escorted by the police and a special technical team.


Refrigeration units for a glass factory

Existing barriers were successfully handled by the staff accompanying the transport. For safety reasons all bridges on the route were closed to regular traffic while the transport passed through. Holleman will handle the final placement of the refrigeration container on site once the glass factory has been completed. Boilers and a furnace, in contrast, were a different kind of cargo that had to be handled in the summer of 2013. The boilers and furnaces had to be picked up from different manufacturing locations in Denmark and then consolidated. There are 144 km between Odense on Fyn and Aarhus in Northern Jutland (both Denmark).

The destination of the cargo was a power station in the village of Katunitsa, near Plovdiv, the second-largest Bulgarian city. The boiler’s dimensions were 7.8 m high, 3.57 m wide and 3.9 m long, and it weighed 33 t. This was bested by the furnace, however, which weighed 35 t and measured 9 m long, 3.3 m wide and 4.2 m high.


On time and well-executed

From Odense and Aarhus the heavylift cargo was transported overland to the German Danube port of Regensburg, transferred there to an inland barge and shipped in two successive transports to the Bulgarian port of Russe. The transports were handled separately, upon the explicit request of the shipper. This heavylift cargo transport was not the first one for the principal, but was again implemented in the required time frame and without any complaints.










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