Abu Dhabi Free Port welcomes biggest heavy lift load


Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) had cause for celebration after receiving the largest and longest heavy lift cargo ever to be handled at the free port.

Five heavy lift pieces of infrastructure equipment were unloaded for the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company, Takreer, for a new carbon black and delayed coker plant being constructed at the chemical refining complex in Ruwais.

The five infrastructural pieces amounted to an enormous 3,367 metric tonnes, and 29,492 cubic metres of cargo to be handled.

The largest of these parts, and the largest load to ever be handled at the port, weighed 1531 metric tonnes, with a width of 12 metres and a length of 116 metres.

The equipment arrived at the Free port onboard a heavy project cargo carrier from Ulsan, Korea.

During its stay, the MV Dongbang Giant No. 1 occupied three berths.

The heavy lift pieces, which varied from 140 to 1531 tonnes, were unloaded, via a roll off operation with SPMT trailers up to 76 axles, onto the Free Port quayside, which has been reinforced to carry a weight of 4 metric tonnes per square metre.

The cargo will spend the next ten days in storage, before being loaded onto a barge to travel down the Abu Dhabi coast to Ruwais.

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