Heavy lift of 300 ton transformer (Movie)

Posted by Tim Wouters

Heavy lift

Our forwarding department recently organized a transhipment with heavy lift via the port of Antwerp. A transformer of 300 tons, produced in northern Italy was shipped to Antwerp via Porto Marghera (near Venice) by coaster vessel.

Crucial timing

In Antwerp, TCL ordered 2 shore cranes operating in twin configuration to put the trafo on the terminal, within the hour after the arrival of the coaster. 

Immediately after discharging of trafo and parts, the coaster sailed to its next destination. The same docking space was directly occupied by the barge into which the out of gauge and super heavy trafo was stowed for transportation by inland waterways to Bech Kleinmacher in GD Luxemburg.

Exceptional convoy

In Bech Kleinmacher, alongside the river Mosel, a small terminal for loading and unloading of barges with sand, allowed TCL to use the available space for the unloading of this barge. Again a twin configuration of 2 mobile cranes with each a capacity of 800 tons was set in place for the unloading of the barge and the loading on a heavy weight low bed trailer, taking care of the transportation by special road convoy to the plant in GD Luxemburg. Most of these operations were subject to special permits, allowing handling and transportation to be done in specific time frames and using prescribed itineraries with police escort.


Due to unforeseeable circumstances the arrival of the chartered coaster vessel was postponed with one week. Nevertheless, TCL managed to reschedule the appointments for cranes and transportation including all permits, in order to allow barging and hoisting in accordance with the new timing.

Watch below movie of this heavy lift from coaster into barge.

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