September 2021 – FOB delivery of reactors
How to get reactors with weights upto 438 to, diameters of upto 11,5m and heights upto 8,4m from Deggendorf upto FOB European Seaport? This was the riddle we received from one of our longtime Chinese partners.
After a thorough investigation we found that the only option was to bring the cargo by barge to Constanta. This sounds easy but the numerous, partly very low bridges en route make it quite a challenge: the water level must be just right. If it is too high, we cannot sail underneath the lowest bridges, if it is too low, we touch ground and get stuck that way. So time of shipment had to be extremely well chosen and we needed some luck with the weather in order to have a more or less steady water level for about one month.
Then we had to find a suitable barge and persuade the owner to join us in this challenging project.
In the end we made ends meet and successfully shipped the project, consisting of 6 reactors and 82 packages of accessories - some unpacked, some on pallets or in cases - to Constanta and transshipped them into the H/L-ship, chartered by our partner.