Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd, ALN member in India, was awarded a challenging project to ship 4 units of RTGCs from Nhava Sheva to Mundra. The sheer dimensions of 25.27 (L) X 11.94 (W) X 25.1 (H) all in meter and total weight of 535 tons were challenging in itself to achieve a proper stowage, roll-on/off and vessel stability.
Firstly, the Engineering team had to put in their innovation skills to test to achieve the best stowage on one barge, with limited space on deck. Then, it was the marine team’s job to ensure sea going stability in compliance with IMO regulations, for such a heavy and high center of gravity load.
In compliance with EXG’s own QHSE standards, and customer’s stringent QHSE regulations, after series of meetings with all stake holders, that is; customer, port officials, marine warranty surveyors, third party Inspectors (Appointed by customer) a plan was chalked out clearly defining and describing the activities at each stage.
EXG was faced with tidal range of over 4.0 meter at Nhava Sheva and over 6.0 meter at Mundra. The barge maintained sufficient Pumps to meet these tidal variations by ballasting n de-ballasting. Roll-on and roll-off of RTGCs was perfectly carried out maintaining the barge at same level as jetty. The gap of 3.5 meter between jetty and barge was bridged by a steel ramp, designed and tested for the purpose.
Sea fastening was done in accordance with CARGO SECURING MANUAL for the vessel and was subject to grilling discussion and requirements of Marine warranty surveyor and inspectors. The resultant plan was supported with proper calculations and in line with the weather predicted for the intended voyage. Continuous monitoring of the weather en-route and passage planning for the barge was done to ensure safe voyage and arrival at Mundra.
All 4 units of the RTGCs were safely handed over to customer at Mundra after roll off in record two tides.
Customer’s satisfaction and their words of appreciation were the best things we achieved in the entire execution of the project.
Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd, (EXG) India is a project specialist company established in 1946 with headquarters in Mumbai, India. It is an asset based company, having pan India presence backed by its own fleet of Goldhofer hydraulic axles, cranes up to 450 tons, and warehouses.
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