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Floating transhipment at the Cuxport Terminal

Cuxhaven, 20 November 2020 – The “Rolldock Sea”, a semi-submersible vessel flying the Dutch flag, arrived at the Cuxport Terminal in Cuxhaven on 15 November. The semi-submersible vessel took on board the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” backhoe dredger there and is now transporting it to Mozambique.

Thanks to the 140 metre long and 24 metre wide semi-submersible vessel, the difficult process of transhipping the floating excavator platform passed off without any problems. The “Rolldock Sea” is able to submerge its stern to such a degree by flooding its ballast tanks that the loading area is below the water’s surface.

This enabled the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” to float into the vessel at water level using the natural flow of the river Elbe and with the help of two tugs. It is important to have a particularly deep draft in the port to complete this kind of floating/floating manoeuvre. Cuxport’s berth 4 has a draft of 15 metres and this made it possible to load the “Gian Lorenzo Bernini” in this way.

Copyright: Cuxport GmbH

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