Mammoet, one of the world's largest engineered heavy lifting and transport service providers, said it has helped procurement and logistics provider CAB van der Vinne transport a multicat vessel, destined to undertake various assignments on a dredging project in Lagos, from the UAE to Nigeria.
CAB van der Vinne pointed out that the Rebecca Multicat tugboat was originally due to be transported on a heavy lift vessel; however, following the huge increase in global shipping costs this became unfeasible and it turned to Mammoet for a more cost-effective alternative.
Following its strategic partnership with Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (Ladol) in 2020, Mammoet had installed its terminal crane MTC 15 at the Nigerian group's quayside to increase the project cargo capacity of the ports for industrial projects.
The MTC 15 transformed Ladol’s quayside into a high-capacity fully independent heavy lifting terminal, thereby unlocking faster and more efficient routes for project cargo in Nigeria.
With a load moment matching a 1,200t crawler crane or a large floating sheerleg, the MTC 15 offers capacity for loads up to 600t to be lifted to and from any quay.
According to Mammoet, the operation began in Dubai, where its team in the UAE oversaw the loading of the 320 tonne multicat onto a vessel at Saqr Port in Ras Al Khaimah bound for Nigeria.
Once the vessel arrived at the Ladol quayside, the MTC 15 carefully lifted the multicat from the vessel, then safely lowered it directly into Nigerian waters.
According to experts, rising shipping costs have impacted numerous sectors, but they have been felt particularly hard among industries that normally utilize heavy lift vessels.
This has made some transportations unviable and also resulted in a growing need for ports with greater crane capacity, as ports now need to be able to perform the offloading of increasingly heavy items from non-geared cargo vessels.
Without this capability, entire regions risk losing out on newer, more complex construction projects.
Commenting on the successful heavy lift, Joop van der Vinne, Director of CAB van der Vinne, said: "It has been a pleasure to be part of this record breakbulk lift in Nigeria. After a long journey that started in the UAE, the Rebecca Multicat Tugboat was safely lowered onto Lagos waters."
"There are only two MTC 15 cranes in the world. With one at the Ladol quayside, customers operating in Nigeria have the opportunity to use extremely cost-effective logistics and shipping solutions," he added.
Jide Jadesimi, Ladol’s Executive Director, Business Development said: "This highly technical lift was carried out with all stakeholders involved in perfect unison. The decades of experience, unrelenting hard work and constant flow of communication between the entire team meant the project worked like clockwork."
The multicat vessel was the largest weight ever offloaded at the Ladol base. The MTC 15 was the only crane capable to receive the cargo in the ports of Lagos from a non-geared cargo vessel.
Olivier Dirkzwager, Sales Manager for Mammoet West Africa said: "Ladol’s infrastructure combined with Mammoet’s MTC 15 crane - a unique piece of heavy lifting equipment, unlocks smarter, more efficient routes for heavy cargo in Nigeria.'
"The successful delivery and discharge of the multicat is a testament to that and we expect it to be the first of many more successful projects," noted Dirkzwager.
The installation of the MTC 15 will benefit numerous industrial sectors across West Africa, ensuring that the region is able to attract general fabrication jobs as well as the complex construction projects that are in increasing demand - in Nigeria and across West Africa.-TradeArabia News Service