HANSA HEAVY LIFT has successfully
transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route
(NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny,
spanning both the European and Far East regions of Russia.
is the first vessel to sail open hatch through the Northern Sea Route, which is
covered by thick ice for most of the year and has a limited window of about two
months open to cargo voyages.
This allowed the two cranes, each
weighing 820 tonnes and measuring 61 metres in height and 92 metres in width, to
be shipped partially above and below deck.
"The Northern Sea Route was the
only viable option to complete this voyage in the required timeframe," said
Mr Gleb Faldin, Commercial Manager, HANSA HEAVY LIFT.
"In the Arctic there is no room
for mistakes. During the passage, the vessel has limited connection and only a
few points of shelter.
"It is important to understand
the legal framework to navigate the NSR, to plan carefully, to be prepared for
the unexpected, and, most importantly, to have the right team on board the
vessel and in the office."
travelled from Qingdao, China to St Petersburg via the NSR to load the cranes,
and then went back through the NSR a second time to complete the mission, which
was accomplished in record time.
Crews had only a few weeks to
complete the voyage, as the cargo was loaded in October and had to be delivered
to its destination by late November before the route completely froze over, said
"The Northern Sea Route is an
important alternative that can save weeks from a voyage, but to be successful
you need careful planning and engineering, the right equipment, capable vessels,
and experienced crews," said Mr Heinrich Nagrelli, Project & Transport
Engineer, HANSA HEAVY LIFT.
All HANSA HEAVY LIFT vessels can
travel along sea routes with an ice thickness of up to 0.8 metres. HANSA HEAVY
LIFT specialises in heavy lift, super heavy lift and project cargo, with an
increasing focus on transport and installation (T&I) in the subsea oil and
gas markets, as well as the offshore windfarm sector, the release pointed out.