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April 2019 | The Journal of Commerce 15 Breakbulk & Project Cargo When a long, tall or heavy product is delivered by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean, it's not just another handover. It's the last in a series of tailor-made solutions designed to perfection. It's about providing the right vessels and specially designed equipment to enable smooth transitions between land and ocean. And it's about combining decades' worth of handling expertise with a truly global network. Whether you need reliable shipping from A to B or door-to-door solutions, we work with you to create value at every handover. Through this approach we help our customers reduce transport risks and increase delivery precision. Find out more about how we can create value together at CREATING VALUE AT EVERY POINT OF TRANSFER find an available vessel that has a proper (onboard) ship crane. When you're talking about heavy-lift of a crane, it is quite chal- lenging to coordinate and organize and find the cargo's center of gravity." Bremen-based EMS Chartering, Li- ebherr's forwarder, surveyed the market for heavy-lift carriers that were available offload assignment has not been officially confirmed. However, Port Canaveral has tagged itself America's "spaceport" and invested $6.2 million in a mobile crane specifically modified for handling NASA's rocket boosters. Located eight miles from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral on the east coast of Florida, the port aims to be the transportation hub for Central Florida's commercial space industry, its CEO, Capt. John Murray, told The Journal of Commerce. It had crane manufacturer, Liebherr, modify one of its standard LHM 600 mobile harbor cranes to add another 36 feet to the mast, giving it the addition- al height necessary to lift rocket boosters. Port Canaveral cannot afford to be tied to one type of cargo, however, Murray said, and with that multimillion price tag, the crane had to be flexible. Manufactured in Rostock, Germany, the 302-foot-tall, 87-foot-long, 104-wheeled, 550-metric-ton crane can lift up to 154 metric tons and reach across 18 containers, allowing it to handle more than rocketry and space-relat- ed components. The crane went into service two months after arriving at Port Canaveral, in pieces, on super-heavy-lift carrier Big Lift's vessel Happy Dover. Port Canaveral went crane shopping as part of an infrastructure improvement project that includes $17.9 million for con- struction of a multipurpose cargo terminal that can handle heavy and oversize cargo, including space components, at its Berth 8. Berth 8's 900-foot seawall and planned 100-foot pier extension will be able to service ships up to 850 feet long. The pier will be able to withstand weights of 2,000 pounds per square foot, accord- ing to the port. Identifying, constructing, and trans- porting the port's new mobile harbor crane from Europe to the west coast of Florida was a long and circuitous journey. The crane was manufactured at the Lieb- herr Sunderland Works plant in northern England; Liebherr owns the production facilities at Deptford Wharf, the oldest wharf in the UK. "Eight to nine months is needed for production, more if there is a customized modification," Gregor Levold, Liebherr's head of shipping and logistics, based in Rostocks, Germany, told The Journal of Commerce. "And this needed a heavy-lift modification." He began planning shipping logistics for the crane before production actually began. "We must have enough time to contact the forwarder and the carrier to and that could meet the timetables and deadlines for the move. "This is a very, very specialized market," Levold said. "There are only five to six carriers in the world that are able to handle this project." After a two-month process, BigLift's Hap- py Dover was booked. "BigLift is a very good partner. We've worked closely with them

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