After a long and complicated manoeuvre in the Port of Bilbao, a fully erected crane was embarked whose destination is the container terminal in Guadaloupe
The loading operation, which was carried out in one day and lasted twelve hours in all, was prepared and coordinated by forwarder Altius Group, shipping agent Marítima Dávila, and stevedoring company Toro y Betolaza in conjunction with the Port Authority of Bilbao.
The STS crane was designed by Paceco Espaňa and eventually built and finally assembled by Kalmar.
The crane weighs 1,280 tonnes, is 68m tall and 27m wide over bumpers. Outreach is just over 43m and lift height is 33m. Rail span is 15m. It took 16 months to assemble it, piece by piece, on Dock A-3 in the Outer Abra.
Self-propelled modular transporters were used to bring the crane to the vessel side. It was lifted on to the ship using its two cranes.
The Altius Group chose Big Lift Shipping for the transport and HAPPY STAR was chartered for the operation.
The crane was originally ordered by Grand Port Maritime de la Guadeloupe, a French Overseas Territory, from Paceco Espaňa in 2017 and was originally due to be shipped in erect from from Northern Spain in Q1 2018, but the execution of the contract was delayed by Paceco Espaňa ’s financial difficulties, which led to its insolvency in June.