The terminal operator Cuxport managed a heavy-lift project involving multimodal transport and handling operations on behalf of the Bohnet freight forwarder at the beginning of February. A machine frame weighing 95 tonnes was first transported from Plochingen to Cuxhaven on board an inland waterway vessel, before being moved on to a truck at the Cuxport Terminal and finally shipped from there to Saint-Nazaire in France by ferry.
The journey for the machine frame for the aviation industry started in Ravensburg with a short truck journey to the inland waterway port at Plochingen. The item then arrived in Cuxhaven 13 days later. Cuxport completed the transhipment from the inland waterway vessel on to a ten-axle low loader with a four-axle tractor unit at its multi-purpose terminal.
The loaded truck, which weighed 150 tonnes in all, was then driven on board the “Ville de Bordeaux” using the Ro/Ro method. The machine frame arrived at its destination in Saint-Nazaire from Cuxhaven two-and-a-half days later. The route via Cuxhaven was selected because stringent conditions and timeconsuming permit procedures would make any alternative transport by road very difficult.
“When handling heavy shipments of this size, it’s often necessary to find alternatives to just moving them by road – whether this is because of the dimensions of the consignment, the road conditions or the savings in time. We can offer excellent conditions as a handling site for heavy cargo at Cuxhaven because of our links to the inland waterway network, suitable transhipment equipment and our network of scheduled shortsea services,” says Roland Schneider, Head of Business Development at Cuxport.
The “Ville de Bordeaux”, which is operated by the LD Seaplane shipping company, has been regularly calling at the port of Cuxhaven since May 2018. The vessel is very suitable for shipping heavy items with its ramp capacity of 220 tonnes and deck entrance height of eleven metres. The ship mainly carries parts for the aircraft industry between Saint-Nazaire, Cuxhaven and Hamburg. The “Ville de Bordeaux” is due to call at Cuxhaven during its next voyage on 21 February.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deepwater port of Cuxhaven. Cuxport not only offers extensive port handling facilities, but also has an ideal geographical location for all kinds of maritime traffic and the best possible links to destinations further inland. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus SE & Co. KG holds 74.9 percent of the shares and HHLA Container Terminals GmbH 25.1 percent. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus has business sites at over 610 locations worldwide and employs more than 29,000 people. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading harbour logistics companies at the North Sea ports.