The largest non-containerised cargo operation in the world on a container ship recently took place at APM Terminals Pecm, as per an official release.
The shipment of three wind blades of 72.5 metres each on March 25 and April 1, in partnership with Maersk Brazil, was the largest shipment of non-containerised cargo on a container ship in the world.
The operation was the result of joint commercial actions between several companies within Maersk, with the carrier Aliana Navegao e Logstica responsible for sea freight, APM Terminals Pecm being the port of shipment and Maersk Brazils 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 Pecm.
For the operations, a Ship to Shore (STS) crane provided by APM Terminals Pecm 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 Aliana Navegao e Logstica, which operates one of the cabotage lines that pass through the port.
Despite the novelty, the operation, planned for more than a month, was carried out following strict safety protocols. Six bays were used for each of the 72-metre wind blade, totalling twelve bays and four flat rack containers. For the transfer to the ship were 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, there is probability of a new world record, said an official involved, the release added.