Heaviest ever Japanese shipment for global OEM

Cargo-handling expertise and reliable delivery schedules gave WW Ocean the edge when it came to shipping a 275-tonne rotor from the port of Yokohama to Zeebrugge in Belgium…

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As part of a record-breaking Japanese loading, a 275-tonne rotor for a power station turbine was loaded onto the Mark V RoRo vessel Parsifal at the Yokohama terminal.

An expert team of stevedores, jack-up trailer operators and WW Ocean cargo superintendents, worked through the night to load the product onto the vessel using the blocks and beams method. Detailed calculation by the WW Ocean breakbulk project team ensured the round rotor was safely secured even though it had no natural lashing points.

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The 275-tonne rotor was loaded onto Parsifal under bright floodlights.

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A 12-axle jack-up trailer was used for loading and discharging the rotor on blocks and beams on and off the vessel.

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The breakbulk project team carried out extensive planning prior to loading.

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The rotor was safely stowed on blocks and beams during terminal storage and onboard the vessel.

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At final destination, the rotor will be used in a turbine at a power station.

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The saying of the day was: 'Loaded with pride in Japan'.

“Over the years, our commercial and operational team in Japan has built up a good knowledge, together with the stevedores in Yokohama,” says Per Wallmark, breakbulk project manager, Asia at WW Ocean. “After extensive pre-planning by the breakbulk project team, everything went like clockwork. Our saying of the day was: ‘Loaded with pride in Japan’.”

The rotor arrived on schedule at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium and then travelled by barge to its final destination where it is being used in a power station turbine for a period of 30 years.

We expect to see many similar cargo requests in the future, particularly with power generation equipment in European and US power plants reaching the end of its product lifecycle – and the team at WW Ocean will be delighted to assist.

Fast facts

A record-breaking loading

  • The rotor was safely stowed on blocks and beams during terminal storage and onboard the vessel. A jack-up trailer was used for loading and discharging the rotor on blocks and beams on and off the vessel.
  • Parsifal has a ramp capacity of 505 metric tonnes.
  • Around 20 people from the port of Yokohama were involved in the loading.

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