MENCK hydraulic pile driving hammer weighing over 580 tons assembled and loaded in the Port of Hamburg

05.11.2016 16:00 Shipping News

A MENCK MHU 3500S hydraulic pile driving hammer was recently transhipped at the handling facilities of Hamburg-based Wallmann & Co.’s universal terminal. The hammer was bound for the Burbo Bank wind farm in the Irish Sea off Liverpool. The hydraulic hammer will drive monopiles into the seabed for the wind power units being erected off the coast of England. These act as the support structure ensuring that all units are firmly and securely lodged in the sea.
The main components of the hydraulic hammer were brought by land and sea to the Wallmann transhipment terminal in Hamburg for final assembly and loading. After interim storage with Wallmann, loading aboard the freighter “ABIS BELFAST” followed, using the terminal’s own special cranes. On board this seagoing vessel, assembly of the hydraulic hammer followed by trained MENCK staff. Its size, including its height of over 25 metres and its total weight 584 tons made loading of the assembled unit impossible. The fastest and simplest logistics solution proved to be individual handling of separate elements, each weighing as much as 340 tons. Loading, stowing and securing the gigantic MENCK pile driving hammer called for precise manoeuvring to the last millimetre. Including final assembly, the complete loading process lasted almost nine hours.
“As a manufacturer represented worldwide by our special equipment, direct proximity to the Port of Hamburg, with all the storage and transhipment facilities offered by a rapidly accessible universal terminal, is of immense importance for us. Wallmann & Co. also offers us excellent interim storage and assembly facilities. Especially with the complex logistics involved in the transport processes for our particularly large and heavy pieces of equipment, these simplify exports all over the world,” says Thorsten Koch, Senior Logistics Manager for MENCK in Kaltenkirchen.
Wallmann & Co.
Wallmann & Co has been based in the Port of Hamburg for over 90 years. The company’s universal terminal offers the entire range of state-of-the-art logistics solutions required for cargo handling and storage from one source. Among the services offered by its team of highly trained specialists are ship clearance, handling and storage of project shipments, and also value added services for the goods. A staff of around 80 guarantees smooth and efficient cargo handling.

MENCK hydraulic pile driving hammer weighing over 580 tons assembled and loaded in the Port of Hamburg

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