Express Global Logistics (EXG), member to the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in India, arranged the lifting and transport of a 565 ton and 6400 cbm Cutter Suction Dredger from Kolkata to Egypt. The fully operational dredger was a challenge due to the short timelines, dredger size and complex dismantling which was to be done offshore right before the vessel loading.
Transporting the complete 565 ton assembled unit to the port of Diamond Harbour required various permissions and a highly experienced team of heavy lift haulers.
The dredger was dismantled offshore into 7 units of which the heaviest single piece 36.4 x 12.5 x 11 m / 318 ton was loaded onto the vessel at the port outer-anchorage. Special permissions for offshore dismantling at Diamond Harbour was very critical to the success of this job, as initially the authorities had denied these permissions at Haldia and Kolkata port.
EXG’s complete scope included Transport, custom clearance, dismantling and O-Freight. This job was critical not only because the size was abnormal but also because of the geographical challenges and the water levels which was to be monitored closely. Safety of the crew and the cargo were paramount, since the operation was mid-sea and Kolkata port had high rolling and pitching, hence operations at port of Diamond Harbour was finalised. Dismantling the dredger offshore, took EXG’s in-house crew of 8 highly experienced professionals and 1 Captain who worked for almost 56 man-hours in non-stop shifts.
Extensive pre-planning, flawless co-ordination and spontaneous solutions, has resulted in successful execution of this job for which EXG is grateful and also proud to have a team which keeps adding success to its stories.