The shipment of three wind blades of 72.5m each to APM Terminals Pecém was the largest shipment of non-containerised cargo on a container ship in the world, according to APM Terminals.
The operation was the result of joint action between several companies within Maersk, with the carrier Aliança Navegação e Logística responsible for sea freight, APM Terminals Pecém being the port of shipment and Maersk Brazil’s Logistics and Services team providing logistics solutions for the customer.
The cargo was destined for the state of Santa Catarina and operations were performed in areas 9 and 10 at the Multi-Utility Terminal (TMUT) of the Port of Pecém on 25 March and 1 April.
For the operations, a Ship to Shore (STS) crane provided by APM Terminals Pecém was first used to ship flat rack containers to serve as a base for the support and movement frames on which the blades would be docked.
Subsequently, two mobile port cranes (MHC type) were used to hoist the blades, which weigh approximately 21 tonnes each. The shipments took place on the vessels Bartolomeu Dias and Vincente Pinzon from Aliança Navegação e Logística, which operates one of the cabotage lines that pass through the port.
“For this complex operation, six bays were used for each of the 72m wind blades, totalling twelve bays and four flat rack containers. For the transfer to the ship, we used two MHCs, which loaded two blades in an incredible time of 55 minutes. Due to the size of the blades and the type of ship used, we are probably facing a new world record,” said APM Terminals Pecém head of commercial, André Magalhães.