The worlds largest containership propeller was loaded onto the Hyundai Together at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder on Saturday.
Manufactured by Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH in Waren, the propeller weighs a monstrous 113 tonnes, boasting five blades and measuring 10.3 metres in diameter.
The propeller made the journey to the Port of Hamburg on top of a 30-metre-long heavy goods vehicle along the A19 and A24 at the end of February, where it was held in temporary storage.
The HHLA IV floating crane had the job of loading the propeller onto the vessel, something it was more than capable of doing, with a max lift load of 200 tonnes.
Hyundai Together set sail for South Korea this Sunday, where the propeller will be attached to an 18,000 TEU container ship.
Thomas Kahl, from Hyundai Merchant Marine Germany (HMM), explains: “HMM has been active in the break bulk market for twenty years. Shipping heavy and high-volume cargo is part of our everyday business, but transporting a propeller like this is nonetheless a challenge, even for us.”
“We are delighted to have been able to transport this cargo on Hyundai ships,” he continued.
“The smooth handling of this shipment in the Port of Hamburg once again underlines the professionalism of all involved, starting with the transportation of the propeller to Hamburg, to the deployment of the floating crane to and at the CTA and the work undertaken on board the “Hyundai Together”.”
Six more propellers of the same size are set to be made throughout the year, each making their way through the Port of Hamburg.
The next shipment will take place at the beginning of June.
Each will be fitted to an 85,000 horse power engine, more than enough to power the enormous container ship.