Your support is welcome!
In the last days, SAL Heavy Lift and the Rolner Foundation have already collected over 26,000 € internally, but more help is still needed: Many of our seafarers and their families live within the provinces nearby Tacloban City, where the typhoon caused severe devastations. Until now many helpless families are still without food, drinking water, clothing and shelter.
We kindly ask you to support the affected families of our crew. Please mark your donation with subject: “Donation Typhoon Yolanda”.
SAL Heavy Lift GmbH
Deutsche Bank, Hamburg
Account no.: 030493101
Thank you in advance!
Your SAL Heavy Lift team
MV Grietje, a type 161A vessel with a combined lifting capacity of 700 mtons, loaded a sphere tank of 340 mtons measuring 20 x 22 x 24 m in Sattahip/Thailand. As a result of excellent planning, the cargo could be discharged three days before schedule at the destination port Antwerp/Belgium.
Rotterdam / Netherlands – Geoje / Korea
Another extra heavy and oversized cargo for MV Svenja: in Rotterdam, she loaded a living quarter of 1,425 mtons measuring 42 x 37 x 36 m – a total of 54,353 cbm. In a tight time schedule of only two weeks planning and preparing, all necessary arrangements could be made.
Tailor-made equipment had to be designed, manufactured and certified. The vessel’s standard equipment had to be adapted to this unique job: Amongst others, the traverse had to be rigged and fastened at a certain angle. To this purpose, various grommets with different lengths needed to be ordered and certified.
After loading the living quarter from barge into the hold, MV Svenja is now transporting the huge cargo with open hatch and an overhang of 20 m to Geoje / Korea. Thanks to the great cooperation of all parties, the cargo could be loaded within the expected time frame.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Floating cargo for MV Paula: The Type 161A vessel with a combined lifting capacity of 700 mtons loaded two workboats in the port of Rotterdam, a Multicat of 468 mtons (27 x 12 x 18 m) and a Shoalbuster of 438 mtons (32 x 10 x 19 m). MV Paula delivered the two boats in Muscat, Oman.
MV Frauke has delivered a boiler to the Blohm+Voss Repair shipyard in the port of Hamburg. The boiler is destined for an FPSO Vessel which is being conversed on site in a 17 months life extension program.
MV Frauke loaded the heavy cargo of 850 mtons (24 x 17 x 26 m) from a barge and discharged it onto terminal. Later, the boiler was lifted aboard the FPSO by floating crane.
MV Lone has loaded the heaviest cargo to date in the Neustädter Hafen of Bremen: a shiploader of 775 mtons, measuring 57.89 × 23.20 × 34.80 m. The shiploader had been built directly on site at the Port, which is Europe’s biggest port for heavy cargo.
The biggest challenge was to keep the shiploader’s balance while being lifted: To generate counterweight, special water pockets, each capable of holding up to 10 mtons additional weight, were fixed on the cargo and were regulated during the whole lifting operation. In this way, a smooth and safe loading was ensured. The process could be completed successfully in only three hours due to the excellent cooperation of all parties involved. After two more days of securing the cargo, MV Lone made her way to Port Cartier/Canada, where the shiploader was safely discharged.
On deck: A shiploader, and below: trains
MV Lone's hatch was loaded with trains destined for Montreal. In order to keep these – actually flexible – trains stable during the lift, lifting frames and special fasteners had to be designed, manufactured and also certified. These specialized constructions could be completed at short notice thanks to our cooperation partners.
Wilhelmshaven, Germany – Kristiansand, Norway – Chalmette, USA. April 2013
MV Svenja of Type 183 loaded five reactors in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, destined for several refineries in the USA. Four of the reactors weigh more than 1,450 mtons each and are nearly 50 m long, with a diameter of 7.6 m. The fifth reactor has a weight of 540 mtons and a diameter of 6.85 m. The ship’s combined crane capacity of 2,000 mtons certainly came in handy with this particular shipment.
On the way, a knuckle boom crane of 440 mtons was loaded in Kristiansand which is to be installed on an offshore ship. In Chalmette/USA, MV Svenja smoothly discharged the reactors onto barges for transport to their final destination. Both the reactors and the knuckle boom crane were discharged in the expected time schedule.
Destined for a refinery project in Turkey, MV “Lone” of Type 183 loaded a product fractionator and four coke drums in Korea. The fractionator loaded in Ulsan with an extraordinary length of 65 m weighed 585 mtons, while the coke drums loaded in Kobe had a total weight of 1,447 mtons with dimensions of 33 x 10 x 9 m each.
But also MV “Regine” of Type 176 joined in this complex refinery project, having all the necessary features: a combined crane capacity of up to 1,400 mtons, huge deck capacity and a wide range of lifting equipment.
MV “Regine” transported eight reactors from Japan and Korea to Turkey. Four units were loaded in Muroran/Japan, the heaviest being a cracking reactor of 917 mtons. Four more reactors were then loaded in Ulsan/Korea, using the vessel’s deck space to full capacity. All in all, the vessel carried an enormous weight of 5,776 mtons – a total of 27,028 cbm. In Turkey, MV “Regine” berthed at Derince port, where the entire consignment was discharged onto trailers / barge for the final transfer to the refinery.
Abbot Point, Queensland/Australia
In early February 2013, SAL Heavy Lift’s MV “Lone” was called upon to move a 1,100 mtons and 47 m high shiploader from a remote and highly exposed location at Abbot Point, Queensland/Australia to Mokpo, South Korea. The shiploader had been in service for 20 years and, as part of the local the mining company’s coal project expansion and life extension upgrade, it was due for its own life extension refit.
In a very fast track schedule, SAL Heavy Lift was contracted to perform the transport, and a project team combining the expertise from SAL Heavy Lift offices in Perth, Manila, Singapore and Steinkirchen, completed all the technical and operational work in little over five weeks.
Perfect summer conditions greeted MV “Lone” on her arrival at Abbot Point, and the shiploader was safely loaded and seafastened in just under four days, MV “Lone” demonstrating her world class lifting and stability characteristics. After a 10 day voyage, the shiploader was discharged onto the wintry quay of Mokpo. And since it was for a refit that it was transported in the first place, the shiploader will be returned by a SAL type 183 to Abbot Point later in the year.
Steinkirchen / Hamburg
18 March 2013
The SAL head office moves to new premises in HafenCity, Hamburg. Amongst our neighbours are Germanischer Lloyd and the Kühne Logistics University. HafenCity, currently Europe's largest inner-city development project, can be accessed easily by public transport, either from the airport or the main station.
Please note our new address as of March 18, 2013:
SAL Heavy Lift GmbH
Phone: +49 40 380380-0
Fax: +49 40 380380-600
We look forward to welcoming you soon in our new premises!
Mediterranean Sea • October / November 2012
In 2012, SAL completed its first offshore installation project: Both the vessel and its DP system performed superbly. The award of this project to SAL shows the added value of the investments made in the DP 2 system and also in the design, construction and testing of the hang-off beam.
The project scope required the MV “Lone” to load two structures, transport them to the field and deploy them to the seabed. The first one, a protection cover of 80 mtons which is supposed to protect an existing pipeline and valve arrangement, was loaded in Ortona, Italy. Thereafter the vessel loaded the second structure in the port of Limassol, Cyprus. This structure, a Pipeline End Manifold (PLEM) weighing 120 mtons, was to be deployed in the area where a soon to be installed FNLG vessel would be moored. The purpose of the PLEM is to connect the gas import pipeline, which runs on the sea bed to the port, with the FNLG vessel thereby allowing the transfer of gas ashore.
During the deployment and installation process, the MV “Lone” was supported by the client’s diving support vessel (DSV). From this vessel, divers were deployed to the sea bed to assist with structure positioning and de-rigging once satisfactorily deployed. The PLEM was deployed first, on October 25th, with the protection structure following almost three weeks later.
The short time between first contact and ultimate structure deployment required the SAL engineering department to perform rapid and efficient engineering. The project was only successfully completed due to the manner in which the whole of the SAL organization – both onshore and offshore – put its heart and soul into it. The safe and successful delivery of the project marks a significant milestone – SAL Heavy Lift has entered the offshore market.
SAL Heavy Lift Finland Oy gained the AEO (Authorized Economic Operator) certificate on Dec 19, 2012 as the first subsidiary of a heavy lift cargo carrier. The AEO certificate issued by the European Commission is valid from Jan 8, 2013.
European Member States can grant the AEO status to any economic operator meeting the following common criteria: customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping, financial solvency and, where relevant, appropriate security and safety standards. More information ...
An AEO-certified company is to advance security-related issues together with the contracting party. AEO status speeds up gaining some of the permits from the Customs in all EU countries, improves the security of the entire logistics and entitles to use the knowledge of the Customs professionals.