A deodorizer tower is an economical way of dealing with low concentration odorous gas from chemical processing plants. With a requirement to transport a 25-meter long deodorizer tower from the production site in Malaysia to the installation site in Ecuador, one customer looked far and wide at their transportation options.
In today’s market, a shipper has a range of options when considering the best ocean transport across the Pacific, especially for large awkward cargo. Port Klang in Malaysia to Manta in Ecuador is not a common routing, so the customer had to consider the full range of transit options.
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The customer typically used heavy lift cargo ships to transport such equipment. To do so, they were forced to cover the tower in large tarpaulin to protect it from the harsh conditions at sea. Weight restrictions at the arrival port of Manta in Ecuador created an added challenge for this project.
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“In south-east Asia, RoRo still has the reputation as being for car transport only”, says Per Wallmark, WWL’s Head of Port Operation in Southeast Asia. “Yet we were able to meet the customer needs by drawing on the combined experience of our global network.”
WWL’s ocean liner service could deliver the cargo with a transit time comparable to the heavy lift alternatives. The next step was find a practical solution that worked for the awkward nature of the cargo.
With dimensions of 25.3 x 3.9 x 4.75m and a weight of 64 metric tonnes, the cargo is not typical for a RoRo vessel in this region of the world. Yet by learning from successful WWL projects elsewhere in the world, a solution was found by adapting multi-purpose bogies (MPBs) to load and unload the tower. The cargo was lashed to the MPBs with wires to create an additional level of safety during the transit.
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Not only was this deemed the most stable, secure solution for transport, it also ensured the weight requirements of the port in Ecuador were met. MPBs spread the weight across a wider area than the alternative option using roll trailers.
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Having the deodorizer tower below deck turned out to be a real win for the customer. Not only was the tarpaulin not necessary, which saved time and money, the delicate cargo was not exposed to salt water or the extreme humidity of the open South Pacific.
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Kim Buoy, WWL’s Head of Operations for the Asia Pacific region says: “WWL is extremely good at these kind of projects as we have a unique team of operations staff globally. When we put the right minds together, there is almost no challenge we cannot meet.”
The cargo was successfully delivered on WWL’s intra-Asia service to Yokohama, then transferred to the Asia-North America service to Panama, and finally onto the North to South America service to complete its journey to Ecuador, where it arrived safely and on-time. The total transit time was 56 days.