HANSA HEAVY LIFT has transported six
rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, each weighing 135 metric tonnes and measuring 28.9 x 11.3 x
26.6 m, from Japan to Turkey.
All units were loaded onto the vessel HHL Kobe at the port of Saiki in southern Japan, with two
of the cranes being discharged at the port of Gebze and
the remaining four at the harbour of Gemlik, in Turkey.
“This was an unusually high number of RTGs being transported on a P2-800 vessel, compelling
us to extend the deck as well as ensure there was sufficient space between the units, so that all
cargo could be accommodated safely,” said Mohammad Abbas, Project Engineer, HANSA HEAVY
“Due to the sensitivity of the cargo units, additional precaution needed to be taken, including a
motion response analysis to determine the effects of any accelerations on the cargo during the
“Strong cooperation between the crews and stevedores at the ports of loading and discharge
ensured the project was executed seamlessly, within the tight timeframe that had been assigned.”
The deck extension included six metres to the aft side and three metres to the starboard side, as
well as a total of 11 tween deck pontoons being stowed on deck to accommodate all units.