Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) received the three new STS cranes – the largest of their kind – on December 8th, 2019. BigLift Shipping has executed numerous shipments for Konecranes over the years and this shipment is another testimony to the continuous, strong relationship between the two companies.
The new cranes were transported by Heavy transport vessel BigLift Baffin from their location of assembly, Nantong, China. The route around South Africa to Savannah took 54 days with an average service speed of 12 knots. Getting the cranes off the ship on the berth and finally in the rails was a challenging and complicated operation. The most important and essential aspect of the operation was the tide, which varies within a range of up to 2 meters at the Savannah Front River. Mv BigLift Baffin is unique in its kind; with a 12.000m3/hour ballast capacity the vessel is able to compensate the tidal movement and keep its main deck parallel with the quay. The discharge operation took three days to complete.