The Hamburg shipping line Hapag-Lloyd is focusing even more intensely than before on Special Cargo for container vessels. In order to be able to transport more cargo which does not fit into standard containers due to oversize or overweight, Hapag-Lloyd has strengthened its team of specialists. In addition to its Special Cargo Division at its headquarters in Hamburg, Special Cargo Teams have been established for the major markets in Asia and South and North America. Thus more than 50 sales and technical specialists for out of gauge (OOG) transports are available to support our customers world-wide.
International Growth Market
“Special Cargo is a growing market throughout the world. Hapag-Lloyd has many years of experience in this attractive segment. We are well-known and renowned for our expertise. Now we intend to reach more customers and grow in this segment as well”, states Thorsten Haeser, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Hapag-Lloyd.
Hapag-Lloyd is also increasing its sales and marketing activities with regard to Special Cargo. The Special Cargo can be transported, loaded and unloaded on almost all vessels operated by Hapag-Lloyd in any major port. In this way, customers have access to 121 liner services at present calling regularly at all major ports world-wide.
The Great Diversity of Special Cargo _ A Daily Challenge
Too heavy or too big? No problem for Hapag-Lloyd. Every day its experts for Special Cargo provide for safe and reliable transport of heavy and oversized cargo. The following examples illustrate the challenges they face.
• Compact heavy cargo: A 343-ton turbine
The transported unit is a little bigger than a 40-feet standard container. But it weighs as much as ten fully loaded containers of that type. It was a 343-ton turbine which Hapag-Lloyd shipped for a South Korean energy company from Charleston, USA, to Busan in South Korea. The most difficult task was, above all, to load the heavy cargo and to stow it safely on board. With the help of a floating crane it took nine hours to load the turbine, which had been transported to the harbour by train, and to stow it safely on board. To keep it safe during transport, it was placed on two layers of flat racks and steel supports. Several load securing chains kept the turbine in position during the sea voyage.
• Challenging dimensions: Ship propellers with a diameter of 9 meters
Almost standard practices for us are transports of ship propellers like that 116-ton propeller from Hamburg, Germany to Busan in South Korea. A floating crane expertly raised the valuable cargo and put it on board where it was placed on flat racks and secured professionally.
• High value sports equipment: a catamaran from the America’s Cup
After the 34th America’s Cup, the Formula One of sailing, Hapag-Lloyd transported the Italian catamaran “Luna Rossa“ from the official site of the race in the USA, back to the sailing team’s base in Cagliari, Italy. The boat of the AC 72 class has a hull length of about 22 meters, a width of 14 meters and a weight of six tons. Together with the team’s equipment its total volume amounted to 370 TEU. The particular challenge for the Special Cargo Team was to lift the yacht in the harbour of Oakland directly from the water onto the container vessel. The rigid 19-meter long carbon fibre sails had been taken off and stowed safely for the transport on a platform. Thus the “Luna Rossa”, which in regattas races through the water at speeds of 50 knots returned to its home port by the slow steaming Hapag-Lloyd fleet.
These examples show that each Special Cargo has its own particular requirements. With the increased expert teams, Hapag-Lloyd is happy to meet the challenge.
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