Coastal Shipping of heavy cargo received a boost when three fully assembled
used mobile harbour cranes were shipped from New Mangalore port to the ports in
the East coast Visakhapatnam and Kakinda by Mumbai based Sai Maritime through
its vessel M V Lone two months ago.
MV Lone was passing West Coast India en route to her next employment in the
Far East when the opportunity to take on this shipment came up. Quick fixture
negotiations through SALís India partner Sai Maritime resulted in a win-win
situation for the carriers and merchants.
Necessary approvals from INSA and
the Directorate-General of Shipping were in place in a matter of a few days,
thanks to the online application procedures.
The vessel arrived at New Mangalore on May 30, berthed on arrival and was
ready for loading within 24 hours.
The first crane LHM 400 with a main unit weight of 413 m tons was loaded
and secured, followed in quick succession by a second similar Liebherr crane.
All counterweights were removed for sea transport.
Extra precautions and due diligence were taken to ensure that both cranes
were lashed and secured for the voyage, which was expected to be rough due to
the approaching South West monsoon. The third crane LHM 550 was loaded at
Kakinada to be discharged at Visakhapatnam.
The entire voyage was completed in 14 days and the charterers were
extremely happy with the vesselís performance, said a release.
SAL vessels regularly ply along the Indian coast, transporting project
cargo which sometimes cannot be transported by road due to over dimension/overweight.
Shipping these heavy lift cargoes on a specialised heavy lift vessel is a safer
and more efficient means of transport, the release pointed out.
Sai Maritime & Management (P.) Ltd, General Agent in India for SAL
since the past three decades, is the exclusive broker for SAL tonnage and
handles port agency for all SAL vessels calling India.