Project Summary

In November 2004, Noell China delivered 2 new container cranes to the MICT terminal in the new port of Mundra, India, using the heavy-lift vessel SWAN. Argonautics Marine Engineering, Inc. was involved in both the loading and discharging operations. The cranes were built by Noell Crane Systems (China) Limited at their plant in Xiamen, China. In sync with the tide, and while carefully ballasting the heavy-lift ship, both cranes were rolled on board, using multi-wheel trailers. Upon securing of the cranes and the associated loose cargo, the ship departed with destination India, where it arrived 14 days later after a smooth voyage.

After arrival at the MICT terminal in Mundra, the seafastenings were removed and the skid system installed. In the course of a week, both cranes were safely skidded off and lowered onto the quay rails, ready for commissioning and testing.  

Scope of Work

The project scope included:


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specialists in marine heavy-lift transportation engineering
naval architects
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Monitor loading and offloading operations as per the Noell Procedures;
Liaison with ship crew, terminal, client and its subcontractors;
Inspect cranes and seafastenings before departure and after arrival;
Provision of on-site assistance during rollig on off the cranes in Xiamen;
Provision of on-site assistance during the skidding off of the cranes in Mundra.
Swan departing with 2 cranes
SWAN departing Xiamen with the 2 cranes secured on deck
Rolling crane onto deck in Xiamen
Rolling crane onto deck in Xiamen
Seafastening crane to deck
Seafastening crane to deck
Skidding off first crane in Mundra
Skidding off first crane in Mundra
Monitoring link bridge during skidding
Monitoring link bridge during skidding