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In the above photo, the P2-Class vessel HHL Lagos lifts a 1306 metric ton reactor at Porto Marghera, Italy.
This piece of cargo, along with three other reactors and two barges for the Achinsk Refinery Plant, were discharged this past July at the port of Dudinka in north-central Russia after a voyage from Porto Marghera, Italy. In June, HHL Lagos loaded the reactors in Italy, one weighing 1306 mts, and three weighing between 364 mts and 609 mts, and the barges, each weighing 610 mts, at the port of Rotterdam.
“Lifting units with a weight close to maximum lifting capacity are always a challenge, and in this case, the reactors had to be safely discharged onto barges at Dudinka,” said Joerg Roehl, CCO at HANSA HEAVY LIFT.
HHL Lagos, one of Hansa Heavy Lift’s E3 ice-class P-2 vessels, equipped with two 700 mts cranes combinable to 1400 mts, overcame heavy ice conditions at the approach to the Yenisey River leading into Dudinka.
“Russia is an important and developing market for us,” said Rohl. “There is lots going on and we expect to see more industrial developments which our fleet will be ideally placed to handle.”
Hansa Heavy Lift, which operates a fleet of 23 vessels (including one vessel on long-term charter) with an average age of 3 years, claimed its new record just three weeks after moving a 1,283 metric ton reactor from Japan to Russia, at the time its heaviest cargo ever.
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