Singapore-based project and heavy lift specialist AAL Shipping (AAL) has delivered four of the largest rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in the carrier’s history to the Port of Oslo. These new generation mobile units, measuring 36m in height and 28m in length, were transported from Taicang in China to Oslo on a single sailing aboard the 31,000dwt ‘mega-size’ multipurpose vessel (MPV) AAL Pusan.
The cranes were engineered and manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries (RCI) in Taicang and will help to deal with the increased volume of container arrivals from Asia and Europe at Norway’s busiest port – a facility that handled 1.5 million metric tonnes of containers in 2019 alone.
The four cranes had a combined weight of almost 700 tonnes. Three of the cranes were fully erected and the fourth was loaded in parts, using AAL Pusan’s port-side heavy lift cranes (700 tonnes max lift).
Eike Muentz, General Manager Europe, AAL, commented, “This particular cargo was booked through our Finland office in Porvoo – part of our expanding European office network. Demand for regular and dependable services between Asia and Europe has grown exponentially in 2021, as markets rush to address shortfalls in scheduled development projects and shortages in general stock and commodity levels, depleted due to the pandemic lock-down of the past 18 months. In this sense, we are not just moving project heavy lift cargo like these cranes, but smaller breakbulk parcels, general cargoes, dry bulk commodities, steel, and containers.”