Fesco Transportation Group has performed relocation of four Liebherr rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Petrolesport in St. Petersburg (Russia) to Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company in Vrangel (Russia). Both ports are part of the Global Ports Group.
To ensure minimum transit time, the transportation of RTG cranes was carried out along the Northern Sea Route. The sea passage took 28 days, while transit time on the route through the Suez Canal would take approximately 52 days.
Transportation was made by vessel Nordic Svalbard, equipped with heavy-lift cranes. In order to attract Nordic Svalbard, Rosmorrechflot permission was obtained for coasting transportation by a vessel under a foreign flag.
The weight of each relocated RTG crane was 117 t with a length of 26.2 m, a width of 13.4 m and a height of 25.3 m. During the loading process, the cranes were mothballed and their electro-mechanisms were sealed into hermetic packaging in order to maintain the operability of the cranes and to put them into operation as soon as possible after the sea passage.
To ensure the safety of maritime transportation, crane trolleys weighing 27 t each were dismantled from the cranes. The cranes and trolleys were mounted on the vessel deck onto specially designed and manufactured supporting structures. Loading and unloading operations were carried out by ship cranes, while on the deck and along the piers RTG cranes moved by their own power.
Implementation of the project took a total of 5 months. The project was executed in collaboration with Liebherr-Rusland LLC engineers by order of the Global Ports Group, which redistributes the equipment between its terminals in accordance with market demands and customer needs.
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