Höegh Autoliners Bridge the Gap for 109t Locomotives – Heavy Lift News
14 May 2021

Höegh Autoliners Bridge the Gap for 109t Locomotives

Transporting long and heavy locomotives is no simple task, but it is a lot smoother when you have the right equipment and extensive breakbulk experience.

Recently NGL Projects tasked Höegh Autoliners with the ocean transport of three heavy locomotives from Durban to Brisbane. The challenge presented was the 18-metre-long locomotives weighed 109 Metric Tonnes each, requiring special handling equipment.

Over the years, Höegh Autoliners has developed innovative handling equipment to safely transport a more diverse range of breakbulk cargo.

Einar Bassøe, Head of Global Cargo Operations explains, “To safely transport heavier locomotives, we developed our Heavy Duty Rolltrailer. These 62-feet (18.89m) rolltrailers are equipped with rails and enable us to transport rail cargo up to 140 Metric Tonnes.”

The locomotives were safely lashed on Höegh’s Heavy Duty rolltrailers and loaded on board the New Horizon vessel Höegh Trigger.

Rolling cargo on board RoRo (Roll On Roll Off) vessels makes the operation smoother and safer as there is no high lifting involved. The safety continues when stowing cargo underdeck, as it is protected from elements such as seawater and humidity.

The locomotives journey from Durban to Brisbane was made possible with Höegh’s regular Europe to South Africa and Oceania liner service.

Cheryl Moodley, Höegh Breakbulk Sales Manager in South Africa says, “Providing a safe and smooth solution for our customers is our top priority. With the support of our experienced breakbulk team and innovative equipment, we ensured the safe transportation of the locomotives to Australia, to the satisfaction of the customer.”


Source Höegh Autoliners




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