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Oldendorff carries out trial transshipment in the Andaman Islands

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Oldendorff’s geared panamax, Trina Oldendorff (75 053 DWT), loaded 73 086 t of coking coal from Gladstone, Australia and sailed to the Andaman Islands, India. Off Port Meadow, it successfully transhipped 25 000 t of coal into the M/V Spar Rigel (58 000 DWT) for transport to the Indian port of Haldia, where there is a maximum draft restriction of about 7.5 metres. The Trina Oldendorff proceeded to discharge part of the remaining cargo in India.

After clearing formalities in Port Blair, both vessels proceeded north for about 18 nautical miles toward the anchorage at Port Meadow. About half way to Port Meadow, the vessels came together so that by the time they anchored in Port Meadow they were secured side-by-side. The transhipment was carried out using the side mounted cranes and grabs of the Trina Oldendorff. The vessel was converted to a side mounted geared vessel last year at Chengxi shipyard in China. Four x 36-ton MacGregor cranes with grabs were fitted on the starboard side to give an outreach of 30 metres.

Oldendorff and its joint venture partner India Power have worked for the past two years to initiate a first trial shipment to develop Port Meadow as a transhipment hub. The two parties worked with Oldendorffs’ customer, TATA Steel Ltd, to realise the operation.

The company is planning another transhipment operation in the Andaman Islands, and expects its transhipment vessel to then enter into a shuttle trade between Haldia and the Andaman Islands.

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