The “Rolldock Sea”, a semi-submersible vessel flying the Dutch flag, arrived at the Cuxport Terminal in Cuxhaven on 15 November. The semi-submersible vessel took on board the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” backhoe dredger there and is now transporting it to Mozambique.
Thanks to the 140 metre long and 24 metre wide semi-submersible vessel, the difficult process of transhipping the floating excavator platform passed off without any problems. The “Rolldock Sea” is able to submerge its stern to such a degree by flooding its ballast tanks that the loading area is below the water’s surface.
This enabled the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” to float into the vessel at water level using the natural flow of the river Elbe and with the help of two tugs. It is important to have a particularly deep draft in the port to complete this kind of floating/floating manoeuvre. Cuxport’s berth 4 has a draft of 15 metres and this made it possible to load the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” in this way.
“Transhipping goods is not only possible by lifting and rolling processes at Cuxport, but also by floating – anything is possible and is professionally handled in line with our multi-purpose objective,” adds Roland Schneider, Head of Business Development at Cuxport.
The “Rolldock Sea” is now heading to the next place of deployment for the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” – Mozambique, where it will be involved in the construction of an LNG terminal.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deepwater port of Cuxhaven. In addition to extensive port handling facilities, Cuxport provides an ideal geographical location for all maritime traffic and has ideal connections to destinations further inland. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus SE & Co. KG has a 74.9 percent stake and HHLA Container Terminals GmbH holds 25.1 percent of the shares. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 5.5 billion. Rhenus has over 33,000 employees at more than 750 business locations. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading port logistics groups operating at the North Sea ports.
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