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Jumbo Kinetic loads 4 heavy barges in Rotterdam

In January this year Jumbo was awarded the contract of transporting 4 barges of 1,100t each from Rotterdam (The Netherlands) to Sabetta (Yamal Peninsula in Russia). The transport was earmarked for Jumbo’s K-class vessel type.

Short loading time
After booking Jumbo’s engineering team liaised with clients engineering team to find the most efficient solution for loading and stacking the barges swiftly and safely. During the loading operations of one barge the other barge was being prepared at a layby berth. This way, the loading time required was significantly shortened.

Staggering of the barges
The total weight of 4,400t prevented the barges to be simply piled up on top of each other, this would be too heavy for the bottom barge. Instead the top two barges were staggered so that their weight was equally divided between the bottom two barges and Jumbo Kinetics’ weather deck, using the vessel's tweendecks to act as loadspreading devices.

K-class family
Both vessels of the K class family, mv Fairmaster and mv Jumbo Kinetic are equipped with two Huisman mast cranes of each 1,500t (combined 3,000t) and are 1A Finnish Swedish ice classed and fully equipped to work in arctic conditions. This, combined with the K-class unrivalled lifting capacity over vessel's port side and lifting stability made the K-class best suited for this job.

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