UK-based Denholm Project Forwarding, on behalf of Tata Steel, has transported seven ladles from China to Port Talbot in Wales.


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The shipment weighed 584 tonnes in total, with a volume of 1,650 cu m. It included two hot metal ladles and five teeming ladles that were manufactured in Wuxi, China.

Each ladle measured 6 m wide and 6 m high.

From Wuxi, the ladles were transported to Shanghai where they were loaded onto a vessel for onward shipment to Antwerp. At the port of Antwerp-Bruges, they were transhipped onto a smaller vessel.


Image source: Denholm Project Forwarding

Dinuka Madapatha, branch manager at Denholm Project Forwarding, explained that the company used a new method for securing the cargo on the vessel, using cord lashes rather than steel chains. “The main reason being to protect the delicate paint on the machines,” he said.

Upon arrival at Port Talbot, the units were unloaded onto eight-axle trailers and transported to the final destination.