Transport and lifting two LPG tanks


Recently Wagenborg executed the transport and lifting operation of two giant LPG tanks, weighing 190 and 360 tonnes, on behalf of Chemgas Shipping in Rotterdam. This client is building a coaster at a shipyard at the Winschoterdiep. Inside this coaster the two LPG tanks will be installed. Earlier the tanks were built in Willebroek, Belgium. To transport the tanks from Belgium to the Winschoterdiep and install these inside the coaster was a project perfectly suited for Wagenborg.

In Delfzijl Wagenborg Barge 1 was prepared for the RORO loading operation for the tanks in Willebroek. Subsequently the tugs Waterpoort and Waterlelie towed the pontoon to Belgium where the tanks successfully were driven on the pontoon. After sea fastening the tug Waterman and pontoon could set sail for destination Delfzijl. Upon arrival here, the transport was handed over to the tugs Waterpoort and Waterstad, which delivered the tanks over the Eemskanaal to Groningen.

In Groningen a 700 tons mobile crane and a 300 tons floating crane were mobilized to lift the tanks in the coaster, which in the meanwhile also was towed from the shipyard in Foxhol to Groningen. Upon arrival of the coaster the smallest tanks was lifted carefully inside the vessel by the floating crane Triton. After this the large tank was installed by means of a tandem lift by the floating crane and the 700 tons mobile crane. Now the coaster could return again to the shipyard, where the construction can be finished.

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