Oil, Gas and Petrochemical
ALE has broken another world record to transport the world’s heaviest evaporator, weighing 5,134t, in Saudi Arabia.
ALE received the cargo at the jetty of the Shoaiba Desalination Plant Project, including the Evaporator, weighing 5,134t, a steam transformer, weighing 273t, lime filters weighing 34t and a brine manifold weighing 16t each. ALE first received and handled the items at the port. The evaporator was loaded-in using 186 axle lines of SPMT in a 3 x 2 file 62 configuration.
The remaining items were loaded-in using different such as six axle lines, 24 axle lines in a configuration of 4 file 12 and 18 axle lines of SPMT.
All of the axle lines were prepared close to the berth to optimise the loading time. These were then transported 1km to site. Once on site, ALE had to negotiate the challenging route within the plant. To avoid the unnecessary removal of obstacles and pass over fences, aspects of the cargo structure were modified to pass over.
By remaining flexible in the approach, using local expertise, ensuring effective communication with ALE’s Middle East branches and mobilising an experienced transport crew, ALE could overcome the logistics of receiving almost 200 axle lines of SPMT and the vessel was able to sail away within the time constraints.