23.12.2020

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The 2nd stage of transportation of the autoclave from the port of De-Kastri to Amursk has been successfully completed

The transportation of the autoclave from Antwerp to Amursk for the second autoclave line of the Amursk MMC of Polymetal consisted of two stages. As part of the first stage, the autoclave was shipped from COEK Engineering to Geel (Belgium) and delivered on a hold barge to the port of Antwerp, from the port through the Suez Canal to the seaport of De-Kastri (an article about the first stage was previously published).

For the second stage of transportation, the general contractor Key Point Logistics (Barrus Projects acted as a subcontractor) selected, prepared and chartered a special barge for the transportation of super-heavy oversized cargo from the FSBI Marine Rescue Service, because in the Far East region commercial organizations do not have barges suitable for the transportation of cargo of such mass and its Ro-Ro unloading. The chartered barge is equipped with its own ballast system, which allows for quick tilt and trim adjustment during cargo operations. The large dimensions of the barge make it extremely stable, ensuring safe transportation. The barge was surveyed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, and additionally the following was performed: assessment of the condition of the barge, calculation of its strength, renewal of all worn-out ship equipment, and provision of special new necessary mooring equipment.

The second stage of transportation consisted of reloading the autoclave on the roadstead of the De-Kastri port by ships cranes onto a specially equipped Ro-Ro barge, securing the cargo on the barge and further transportation from De-Kastri along the Tatar Strait and Amur to a specially designed and built Ro-Ro berth in Amursk (Khabarovsk region). The berth was constructed in a way that allows to carry out cargo operations at different water levels on the Amur River. The teams technical solutions made it possible to carry out cargo operations in the range of water level fluctuations of 5 meters, making it possible to practically exclude situations when a barge with cargo is forced to wait for a suitable water level to complete transportation.

Despite the difficulties we faced, such as a lack of suitable equipment and remoteness of the region where the work was carried out, and therefore the need to design and build a suitable berth, mobilize equipment from the European part of the country and charter a barge with relevant characteristics from a state-owned company, as well as involvement of a significant number of our own specialists, the teams of Key Point Logistics and Barrus Projects completed the 2nd stage of the project on time.

Key Point Logistics and Barrus Projects are grateful to all the participants of this unique project for their prompt and high-quality work.