August 28 - Earlier in August a shipment of 14 heavy and over-dimensional cargoes from Sens, Burgundy was transhipped in Le Havre, France destined for Mumbai in India.

The consignment included four articulated arms for a LNG plant, each measuring 4.7 m high, 19.21 m long and weighing approximately 31 tonnes.

The shipment was barged from the port of Gron to Le Havre. Upon arrival they were offloaded on to the quai de l'Europe before being loaded onto the vessel Hanxin, bound for Mumbai. Le Havre terminal operator Générale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP) handled the heavy units.

The project was completed on behalf of Houston USA headquartered FMC Technologies.
"The Port of Gron, a new port infrastructure located in the centre of our region and connected to the ports of Paris, Rouen and Le Havre, is key for our company's development," says Alice Defromont, marketing and communication manager, FMC Technologies, Loading Systems. "This new mode of eco-transportation also represents a major asset and advance in our business strategy, as well as respecting the time constraints involved in our projects."

Patrick Maletras, director of the Tramar Group (Industrial Projects department) and president of the Heavy-lift Cargo Commission in the Grand Port Maritime du Havre, added: "Five days were enough to transport by water - and in complete safety - the out-of-gauge cargo from the factory in Sens to Le Havre; road transport would have taken twice as long, let alone in the summer months with high levels of traffic congestion."

HAROPA is the fifth-largest port complex in Northern Europe and combines the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris.