German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG recently undertook the mammoth task of loading the biggest ship propeller in the world. The floating crane HHLA IV carried the gigantic 110-tonne propeller to the port of Waltershof and loaded it onto the container ship Hyundai Supreme.
HHLA is no stranger to the specialized cargoes of Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH (MMG) onto ships in Hamburg, however, this latest shipment with a weight of 110 tonnes and a diameter of 10.50 meters, eclipsed anything that port had seen before.
MMG is a renowned global leader in the manufacturing of ship propellers, each year approximately 100 MMG propellers are loaded onto ships at the Port of Hamburg before departing to shipyards across the world. Container gantry cranes are generally unable to lift such large heavy loads similar to this, resulting in the deployment of the HHLA III or HHLA IV floating cranes at the Port of Hamburg.
The huge propeller was transported from the production facility in Waren an der Müritz by road, then temporarily stored at Hachmannkai quay close to the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort until it was ready for loading.
The loading process began with 200 Tonne capacity the HHLA IV moving the world’s biggest propeller onto its transport platform and carried it to the berth of the Hyundai Supreme at the port of Waltershof. The crane Jib then lifted the propeller from the platform and over the side of the 300-metre-long vessel. The approach was meticulous as the heavy load was lowered centimeter by centimeter into the ships hold.
The Hyundai Supreme departed from the Port of Hamburg and set off for the port of Busan in South Korea. Upon arrival at Busan, the propeller will be transported to the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard. Daewoo is currently building eleven new container ships for the MSC shipping company.