March 25 - Dutch heavy marine transport specialist Jumbo has shifted a 700 ton (635 tonne) Sandivk shiploader and spare parts from Qidong, China to Richards Bay, South Africa.
Jumbo used the vessel Fairpartner to deliver the project shipment on behalf of Transnet - South Africa's national transport business provider. The shiploader will be deployed at Transnet's Dry Bulk terminal - replacing older equipment at the gateway.
Port and weather conditions at Richards Bay were near perfect for unloading, with no significant swell and manageable winds. Using a forklift method, Jumbo used on board 800-ton (725.7-tonnes) lifting beams to haul the shiploader from the Fairpartner deck safely on to the quayside.
Fairpartner has also been deployed on the transport of an 815 ton (739.4 tonne) bogie support structure between the Gul Basin of Singapore and Ulsan, South Korea (pictured below).
The bogie will be used in the construction of newbuild vessel at a South Korean shipyard.
The diameter of the bogie structure was close to the width of the Fairpartner. With a structure height of over 15 m in combination with the extreme weight, Fairpartner was close to its lifting limits during the discharge.
The departure of Fairpartner from Singapore was restricted due to shallow parts of the Gul Basin. Jumbo arranged a depth survey of the basin in order to minimise the risk of grounding Fairpartner during departure. During high tide, the vessel safely departed Singapore and made its way north to South Korea.