Höegh’s One-stop RoRo Solution Works for Sugar Mill Project in Kenya
Höegh Autoliners India was ready to assist with the opportunity to support a sugar mill project in Kenya. The shipment consisted of transporting two high and heavy cargoes from two different loading ports, and the team were quick to provide an efficient one-stop RoRo solution.
The customer, an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor in India, handles various projects across the globe and the sugar industry is one of their large markets. The cargoes, a steam turbine and a surface condenser, were critical equipment for the Sugar Mill project, and coordinating their shipment was of the utmost importance.
The steam turbine is 4.4 metres high and weighs 55.5 metric tonnes while the surface condenser has a height of 4.6 metres and weighs 48.5 metric tonnes. The common challenge with transporting high and heavy cargoes is its dimensions. When transporting project and other out-of-gauge cargoes, it is imperative that the correct measurements are provided so a suitable solution can be provided.
Another challenge was that the shipments also involved different ports of origin. The steam turbine would have to be transported from Kobe to Mombasa and the surface condenser shipped from Mumbai to Mombasa.
Their breakbulk team in Japan and India coordinated with the manufacturers to get the technical details of each of the cargoes to calculate an operational solution for the safe lashing and stowage in line with Höegh Autoliners’ stringent cargo quality standards.
Using Höegh’s 32 feet Superlow trailers, which are only 0.47 metres high, the steam turbine and surface condenser fit perfectly on to the rolltrailers. The cargoes were safely rolled and loaded on board the vessels in Kobe and Mumbai respectively. Compared to other modes of transportation such as container or LoLo vessels, our RoRo solution offers a safer and more cost-efficient method.
Capt. Atuldutt Sharma, Höegh Breakbulk’s Sales Manager in India: “By partnering with the customer and manufacturers closely, and through our operational capabilities of managing the project, we were able to provide a one-stop solution that assured the customer of safe and efficient transport, allowing them the flexibility to ship their cargo to Kenya from the comforts of their office in India.”
Source Höegh Autoliners