‘Special delivery’ via unique transhipment solution

Organising the transport from Scotland to South Korea of a heavy lift…

Organising the transport from Scotland to South Korea of a heavy lift consignment measuring up to 7 metres in height required some creative thinking by Allseas Global Logistics.

The units were to be loaded on to a deepsea vessel in Felixstowe for the month-long voyage to Busan but, because of their extreme height, road transport of any distance from the manufacturing site near Aberdeen was never going to be an option.

Instead, a special sea leg was added to the journey, and a unique transhipment operation took place at Felixstowe.

The cargo, involving cement house units and accessories for the offshore industry, was first delivered to Aberdeen Harbour – a challenging three-mile road journey requiring full police escort throughout.

At the harbour, the entire consignment was loaded onboard a chartered coastal barge, the V. Ushakov, for the journey down the east coast to the deepwater port of Felixstowe.

The total consignment added up to 174 tonnes and 526 cubic metres. The largest piece measured 4 x 5.9 x7 metres and weighed in at 40 tonnes. In all, the consignment unloaded from the V. Ushakov at Felixstowe included four large pieces of breakbulk, three 40-foot high cube containers, and two further pieces subsequently loaded to a 40-ft flatrack for the deepsea voyage.

The Port of Felixstowe is well known as a container transhipment hub, but this was the first coastal vessel to discharge breakbulk for onward shipping in many years. 

The consignment was loaded by quay crane on to the 9,310 teu Albert Maersk.

Although best known as a container port, Felixstowe regularly handles project cargoes and heavy lifts, said David Gledhill, CEO of Hutchison Ports UK.

“We are continuing to expand the port which gives us greater flexibility to berth vessels, and with enhanced new handling equipment with up to 100 tonne lift quay crane capacity, the port is keen to develop more out-of-gauge and project business which has previously been routed via the continent,” he said.

Mark Binge, Allseas Global Logistics commercial manager, said: “This is the first time such a transhipment has been handled via Felixstowe’s deepwater berths. We needed an innovative solution for this task; not only did coastal shipping prove the perfect answer, but it also gave us the added bonus of being a ‘green’ solution, and making best use of waterborne transport.”

Transhipping the load at Felixstowe proved a positive move both for Allseas and the port as normally this cargo would have been routed via Antwerp or Rotterdam. “We tried Felixstowe and they proved to be every bit as competent as the competition in handling this cargo,” said Mark Binge. “We will be looking to do this type of operation again via Felixstowe.”

For more information, please contact Mark Binge, Allseas Global Logistics Commercial Manager: 01394 276014 or email Mark.Binge@allseasglobal.com