Return to Sender – One 333t Gas Turbine
Siemens and freight forwarder F.H. Bertling have shipped a giant gas turbine from New Zealand back to the German factory where it was first built – a journey that’s been 20 years in the making.
What goes around comes around – or so the saying goes. And some 20 years after first being delivered by WW Ocean to Auckland, New Zealand, an outsize gas turbine has made the return trip to Siemens’ factory in Berlin, Germany. The turbine had been sitting idle in New Zealand, where it was being used as a back-up for the main turbine at Otahuhu Power Station in Otara, Auckland. Siemens decided to ship it back to Germany from New Zealand in April for maintenance and overhaul, using the services of freight forwarder F. H. Bertling. Parts of the turbine are then due to be shipped to a new buyer in Qatar.
The turbine had been sitting idle in New Zealand, where it was being used as a back-up for the main turbine at Otahuhu Power Station in Otara, Auckland.
While it’s common to ship generators from Europe to Oceania, this was the first time cargo of this size had been loaded in New Zealand for transport to Europe.
The Mark V series are the only vessels with enough ramp capacity to handle this type of cargo.
The turbine was delivered to the port in the middle of the night.
The Mark V vessel MV Tonsberg
Featured Title Photograph – The turbine was loaded into MV Tønsberg using blocks and beams.