Höegh Autoliners has transported six filtration systems from Jebel Ali in the UAE to Singapore for an offshore project. 

Ajish Venugopal, sales manager Dubai, said: “Due to the timing of the project, the customer wanted a fast and reliable service. Our regular Middle East to Asia liner service has an average sailing of 13 days between Jebel Ali and Singapore, which proved the perfect fit for the project’s schedule.”

During the pre-shipment phase, Höegh's cargo handling team studied drawings and photos of the cargo to determine the best and safest way to ship it. Knut Erik Holte, cargo operations manager, explained: “When looking at the drawings of the multimedia filters, we identified that the support legs might affect the method in which we transport the cargo. In dialogue with the customer, it was agreed we would visit the production site to measure the cargo and determine the best plan for its transportation.”

At the site, Höegh established that the 32-tonne filters had four solid support legs attached on each end, reaching a total width of 4.65 m. This meant that the units could not be placed directly on the 2.6 m-wide roll trailers without having to modify the structures to ensure its stability.

Höegh then developed a customised solution. “Given the dimensions of the cargo, it was decided to use the double-wide roll trailer concept for four of the units. The double-wide roll trailer concept is designed to transport wide cargo, and involves placing two 40 ft roll trailers side by side and joining them by a coupling system,” explained Holte.

“To ensure that all six units were transported on the same vessel, the remaining two units were placed on to a regular 40 ft roll trailer, supported by steel beams underneath.”

The units were then transported to Singapore onboard Höegh Trapper.