Jumbo Shipping has transported a 1435t shiploader, measuring 135 x 25 x 43 metres, from Vietnam to Canada for the machine’s manufacturer Tenova. After almost two years of engineering, the Jumbo Shipping team saw their hard work come to life when the Jumbo Kinetic, a K-class vessel with 3,000t dual lifting capacity, lifted and shipped this gigantic shiploader from Phu My Port to Vancouver.
Based on the size of the unit and the length of its boom, loading this shiploader was a great task, but the dual lift went without a hitch. With stage one of the lifting operation complete, the next step was to temporarily suspend the unit above the deck so that the boom could be retracted to change the centre of gravity position. This enabled the vessel’s team to re-rig and then perform a single lift to shift the shiploader to its final stowage position where it could be secured for the sea voyage to Vancouver.
After a 20 day ocean voyage the Jumbo Kinetic arrived at the Neptune terminal in Vancouver and discharge operations got underway. For the offloading operations the team needed to discharge the shiploader while it was half suspended over the water. The shiploader was then steadily manoeuvred onto the pivot point at the quayside and onto the semi-circle shaped rails above the water.