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HAROPA inland waterway transport solution for out-of-gauge cargo
Mid-August, a large shipment of heavy-lift cargo from Sens (Burgundy) was transhipped in Le Havre bound for Mumbai (India) on behalf of the American group, FMC Technologies (headquartered in Houston). The delivery of the out-of-gauge cargo made possible thanks to the partnership between HAROPA and the port of Gron (Burgundy).
On August 7th, four articulated arms for loading Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) manufactured in Sens by the American group FMC Technologies left the port of Gron by barge. After arriving in Le Havre, they were offloaded onto the quai de l’Europe before being loaded on August 23th onto the “Hanxin”, bound for Mumbai.
The four arms, each of which is 4.70 m high, 19.21 m long, and weighs 31,550 kg, were handled by the Le Havre terminal operator Générale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP) on behalf of FMC Technologies, who previously used road transport to deliver their cargo to the ports of Northern Europe for the past 30 years. “The Port of Gron, a new port infrastructure located in the centre of our region and connected to the ports of Paris, Rouen and Le Havre, is key for our company’s development,” says Alice DEFROMONT, Marketing & Communication Manager, FMC Technologies, Loading Systems. “This new mode of eco-transportation also represents a major asset and advance in our business strategy, as well as respecting the time constraints involved in our projects.”
For Patrick MALETRAS, Director of the TRAMAR Group (Industrial Projects Department) and President of the Heavy-lift Cargo Commission in the Grand Port Maritime du Havre, the comprehensive solution proposed by the various partners in this operation from Gron to Le Havre overcame the physical and administrative constraints related in particular to the exceptional height of the items: “Five days were enough to transport by water – and in complete safety – the out-of-gauge cargo from the factory in Sens to Le Havre; road transport would have taken twice as long, let alone in the summer months with high levels of traffic congestion.” The barge carrying the 14 items also avoided circulation on the roads of 14 special heavy-goods vehicles and four oversize load convoys.
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