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Chipolbrok doesn’t break the moulds

Unusual cargo loaded on the Chipolbrok Moon at Hamburg includes 60m moulds for wind turbine blades.

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The moulds were transhipped in Hamburg to the MV Chipolbrok Moon.
The moulds were transhipped in Hamburg to the MV Chipolbrok Moon.

Project cargo specialist Chipolbrok has loaded three moulds for wind turbine blades destined for Shanghai on its m/v Chipolbrok Moon. The vessel had already loaded a large aluminum structure in Antwerp when it returned to Hamburg to load the moulds.


Measuring 60m long, 5.3m wide and weighing 29t each the moulds occupied four hatches on the starboard side of the vessel. The moulds were actually transhipped in Hamburg, having arrived from Aalborg on a coastal vessel for direct transloading to the Chipolbrok Moon.

Threading the moulds between the ship's cranes.
Threading the moulds between the ship's cranes.

The cargo was lifted “very very carefully in slow motion on board. The procedure forced crane drivers, stevedores, Chief Officer and Supercargo Capt. Wrona to utmost strain because the parts had to be threaded through between the high board cranes on the port side”, Chipolbrok said, describing the cargo as “a bit looking like Belugas”.


Other cargo loaded during the same call included rolling stock to Jakarta with units weighing up to 116t, two diesel engines in cases each weighing 60.5t destined for Mumbai for onward transportation to and Indian shipyard, and 12 large boxes weighing 57t each and measuring 19.55m x 4.81m x 2.60m destined for Penglai as port of entry to the Shandong peninsular.


“With a departure draft of 8,60m the vessel could safely pass the historical Elbe tunnel and was allowed to sail on 12/8 at 16hrs from its loading terminal to the last port of loading in Europe being Bilbao. After that vessel is bound for discharging ports Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Lombok, Shanghai, Penglai, Lianyungang and Busan. When all is going fine Capt. Liu will navigate his next trip end of October from the far east via US ports to Europe or even directly to the northern continent,’ Chipolbrok stated.

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