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Bonn & Mees unloads inland vessel at the Port of Rotterdam

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Those present at Buoy 26 of Waalhaven, Port of Rotterdam, on 25 August, were able to witness the unloading of the hull of an inland vessel – 135 m long, 22.8 m wide and weighing 2300 t – from a heavy lift vessel.

The project, coordinated by Bonn & Mees, involved five sheerlegs: three from the firm’s own fleet, one owned by Multraship and one by a Norwegian company. The massive object was first hoisted via a tandem lift, after which the five units collectively moved backwards to allow the hull to be lowered into the water.

The entire call is the result of a partnership between NEPA Shipping, Steinweg, Bonn & Mees, and Sinepol. After making its delivery, the heavy lift vessel, UHL Fast, headed for the Steinweg Beatrixhaven terminal to unload the rest of its cargo.

The UHL Fast hails from Nantong, China. The vessel travelled to Rotterdam across the Arctic Ocean with a cargo of three inland vessel hulls onboard. Compared to the far longer freight route that is normally taken for this itinerary, this option cuts the transit time by 10 days.

The delivered inland vessel hulls are to be forwarded to various shipyards in the region for finishing.

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