Massive diesel oil tanks

Estonian team transports 4 massive oil tanks  

BY TANJA SMITH, TSCHUDI LOGISTICS DENMARK AND JELIZAVETA RAIKOVA, TSCHUDI LOGISTICS ESTONIA

While transporting unconventional cargo is far from foreign to our team in Estonia, the recent transportation of 4 massive diesel oil tanks was out of the ordinary. The size of cargo demanded for a special vessel and a 600-ton mobile crane. However, careful and detailed planning ensured that everything proceeded according to plan and cargo was delivered safely and on time!

Tschudi Logistics Estonia started planning for the project execution of the massive tanks with a total weight of 490 mton! More precisely the transport included 3 x 6300 m3 tanks, (each 20000×20000 x20000 m, 150 mton) and 1x 1000 m3 tank (10000x10000x13000 mm, 40 mton). In 2009 and 2013 our Estonian team conducted similar project transports for the same costumer, who then chose to stick with Tschudi Logistics for yet another transport.    

The project itself has been 4 months in the making and the planning was a result of joint efforts of all parties involved: manufacturer, engineering company, crane companies at both loading and discharging ports, surveyor, Tschudi staff and the vessel. The loading itself took place in port of Sillamäe, Estonia where the tanks were manufactured close to the quay due to their size. Well before the transport itself took place detailed stowage and lashing plans were coordinated with professional surveyors and engineers, in relation to the vessel and analysis of quay strength.

Loading in Sillamae was arranged by a 600-ton mobile crane and discharging in Alesund, Norway, was done by SPMT.  The special-purpose vessel, mv Aura, was chartered to perform the sea voyage. As a result of dedicated work of all parties involved, cargo was delivered safely and in time.

“We really enjoy doing challenging projects like this one and we are hoping to do more in the future! To us the process of planning is just as exciting as the loading and discharging itself.” Jelizaveta Raikova, Project Manager, Tschudi Logistics Estonia.