Abu Dhabi Free Port welcomes biggest heavy lift cargo
Abu Dhabi’s Free Port has successfully completed one of its biggest and most complicated projects.
The Abu Dhabi Ports Company, which manages and operates the Free Port, welcomed the largest and longest heavy lift cargo load it has ever handled in the Free Port, next to Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi.
Five heavy lift pieces of infrastructure equipment were unloaded for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) for the new carbon black and delayed coker plant which is being built at the chemical refining complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.
The infrastructure equipment has arrived recently on a heavy project cargo carrier from Ulsan, Korea.
The heavy lift carrier occupied three berths at the Freeport. The MV Dongbang Giant No.1 carried five different pieces of infrastructure which had an overall combined weight of 3,367 metric tonnes, and 29,492 cubic metres in volume (freight tonnage).
The heavy lift pieces which varied in weight between 140 and 1531 metric tonnes were unloaded onto the quayside by roll off operation with SPMT trailers up to 76 axles.
The pieces will be stored in the Free Port for ten days before being reloaded onto a barge to travel down the coast of Abu Dhabi to Ruwais. The shipment has involved very close liaison between the ADPC operations team and their customer Takreer to ensure smooth transshipment and appropriate arrangements for such an extreme cargo.
The largest piece of the heavy lift infrastructure equipment had a weight of 1531 metric tonnes, a width of 12 metres and a length of 116 metres – the longest piece that has ever been received in the Free Port.
ADPC manages and operates the Free Port which is close to the main Zayed Port in the city. The Free Port has the space to handle such cargo, there is easy access and the quayside is reinforced to carry a weight of 4 metric tonnes per square metre.