ALTIUS successfully completes sea transport of two STS container cranes from Rotterdam (The Netherlands) to Vigo (Spain).

Last week, with the unloading operations at the TERMAVI container terminal (Port of Vigo),ALTIUS completed the project of transporting two STS container cranes weighing up to 830 tonnes each, on board a heavy-lifter ship with its own lifting equipment.

Both cranes were shipped from the port of Rotterdam, where ALTIUS was also in charge of installing internal structural reinforcements on the cranes and other preliminary preparations prior to the start of loading operations.

For this challenging project, ALTIUS supplied all the engineering, coordination, planning, project management, steel, labour and auxiliary machinery required to safely execute the transport.

From the early stages of the project, both the technical departments of ALTIUS and BIGLIFT worked together to define and calculate all the calculated maneuvers and technical aspects of this transport.

This was a highly complex transport operation due to critical stability and lifting height, as well as very tight stowage of the cargo on the ship.

Despite the fact that both container cranes were not manufactured for sea transport, ALTIUS finally came up with a technical solution to make sea transport possible by installing a specially designed structural reinforcement, strengthening the structure of the cranes to withstand the stresses during navigation. A total of around 80 tons of steel were employed for this purpose.

In addition, ALTIUS also mounted specially designed "lifting brackets" on the cranes in order to allow the loading and unloading maneuvers of both container cranes by means of the ship's own lifting cranes.

With this feat, ALTIUS confirms its great experience and capabilities for the relocation and sea transport of container cranes all over the world whatever the mode of transport, whether RO-RO or LO-LO.

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