Project Summary

Three new ZPMC container cranes were transported from Shanghai to the Port of Houston in summer of 2017. Argonautics Marine
Engineering, Inc. provided the review of all engineering calculations and the marine warranty survey for the transport. In mid July, the
1,450 t heavy cranes were each rolled onto the ZHEN HUA 13 at the Changxing base of Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.,
Ltd. and secured to the vessel deck using steel pipes and cables. The seafastening of the cranes to the vessel deck and the internal
lashings were surveyed after loading, to ensure these were executed in accordance with the previously reviewed ZPMC project

After loading of the second crane destined for Dakar, Senegal, the vessel departed Shanghai, sailed via Cape of Good Hope to
Senegal for delivery of the first two cranes, after which it continued to succesfully deliver the three Houston cranes to the Port
of Houston.

Scope of Work

The project scope included:

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specialists in marine heavy-lift transportation engineering
naval architects
marine surveyors

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Review of stowage plan, loading condtion, and design criteria and resulting vessel motions/crane accelerations;
Review of the structural analysis for the reinforced cranes and seafastening;
Survey the seafastenings of the cranes, the miscellaneous cargo items, and all loading equipment;
Survey the cranes with respect to transport readiness and internal securings;
Inspect the crane carrier ZHEN HUA 13;
Provide comprehensive survey report;
Review of the offloading procedures.
Western Carrier departs Long Beach
ZPMC crane carrier ZHEN HUA 13 after loading third Houston crane
Loading third and last crane
Loading third and last crane
Outboard seafastening bracings
Outboard seafastening bracings
Looking down from top A-frame
Looking down from top A-frame
Looking back at vessel
Looking back at vessel