BigLift Shipping’s Happy Dynamic successfully transported two 560 tonne Siwertell continuous ship unloaders (CSUs) from Chioggia, Italy to Liverpool, UK earlier this month.
The CSUs are 35 metres high and 24 m wide and, when in service, have a discharge capacity of 1,200 tonnes per hour, the company said. Both were loaded completely assembled - ready to be taken into service after discharge. The CSUs were loaded in a tandem lift operation by the ship’s two 400 tonne cranes.
To reduce forces on the machines during the sea voyage, the CSUs were placed on the tween deck of Happy Dynamic and were lashed thoroughly using numerous wires as well as a pull bar system on the CSUs’ inlet. With the exceptional height of the CSUs, the vessel sailed with open hatches.
Upon discharge at the end destination, an electricity plant in Liverpool, the CSUs were lifted over the conveyor belt and installed directly into rails. The CSUs are expected to be taken into service, discharging wood pellets, later in June 2016.
The shipment was planned and prepared by the BigLift engineering department in close co-operation with its client Siwertell.