Mega heavy lift cargo loaded on MSC container vessel at JNP

JN Port authorities opened a heavy lift counter on container vessels last week. Floating crane Rijaloaded a 100-t piece of cargo on MSC Sola.

Floating crane Rija is owned and operated by Link Shipping & Management.

The floating crane was taken from Mumbai Port to Nhava Sheva using JNPT tugs. She was brought alongside DP World’s CB4 where the 100-t piece was loaded on Rija’s deck. She was then shifted alongside MSC Sola and the cargo was landed gently on a specially created flat rack platform under deck. The entire operation was completed within a few hours and Rija returned to Mumbai Port on the same day.

This operation has started a flood of inquiries from various main line carriers who want to encash this hitherto untapped business opportunity. The trade likes this idea because containerships provide quick transit time compared to conventional heavy lift carriers and cost-wise there is not much difference. Furthermore, container carriers provide greater frequency of calls. The port expects a number of such operations taking place at all its terminals, said a release.

Source: Exim News Service