Transportation of a huge shiploader from Belgium to Angola

Cargo description: 1 shiploader, 1 reclaimer, elevator and tripper car plus accessories, with the largest unit weighing 513 metric tonnes
POL: Antwerp, Belgium
POD: Namibe, Angola
Vessel name: HHL Valparaiso
Vessel type: P2-1400


  • Vessel cranes were used to add and remove the shiploader’s counterweights in order to achieve safe lifting and sailing conditions
  • Mobility and power checks were required due to the length of time equipment was in storage
  • Detailed planning in close cooperation with the customer required prior to loading and discharging operations
  • Minimising ship movement alongside quay
  • Discharge operation in Angola required strong expertise due to local weather and port conditions
  • Lifting operations were challenging due to the equipment’s overall dimensions, particularly the lengths of the shiploader at 63.5 m and the reclaimer at 57 m
  • Securing the cargo with enough lashing for a long-sea passage with potentially adverse weather conditions