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This was already the second shipment of ship generators within one year to leave the Port of Hamburg for Chile.

In 2013, on behalf of a Chilean client, the Hamburg branch of BTG Internationale Spedition GmbH already delivered a second set of ship generators to a shipyard in the south of Chile.

Each consignment contained a set of ship generators consisting of 2 eight-cylinder and 2 six-cylinder diesel generators, 2 pieces of special lifting gear and some containers with accessory materials.
The generators are to be used for the construction of new offshore supply vessels for the provision of oilrigs and will serve to generate electricity for the ships’ engines as well as for other assistance and hydraulic systems.
Every single supply ship will be equipped with four generators from the supplier Catepillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG of Kiel in Germany.

Due to the high individual weight and oversized transport dimensions - 2 generators each have an individual weight of 92,350 kg (measuring 1085 x 275 x 490 cm), 2 generators each weigh 78,500 kg (935 x 265 x 470 cm) and the 2 pieces of special lifting gear each weigh 16,360 kg (738 x 430 x 365 cm) - this consignment could not be collected in Kiel and brought to the Port of Hamburg by truck.
Due to its size, the ship chartered with the transport to Chile also could not collect the consignment directly from Kiel, so BTG Internationale Spedition GmbH in Hamburg especially chartered a coastal cargo vessel (74 m long and 11m wide) to collect the shipment and bring it to the final shipping terminal in Hamburg.
Based on the delivery terms FCA, the supplier Caterpillar was only obliged to place the shipment on the quay wall.
In order to load and secure the cargo onto the coaster, BTG hired a so-called “gang/crew”, who, during the 7-hour-long loading procedure, were responsible for the seaworthy mounting of the shipment on board.
After a journey of 12 hours from Kiel along the Kiel Canal to Hamburg, the consignment arrived the next morning at the shipping terminal in Hamburg.
After unloading, the cargo was preliminarily stored at the terminal in Hamburg before being transported a week later with a heavy-lift ship to the port of San Vicente in the south of Chile.
On arrival the cargo was collected by our local BTG partner before being delivered to the consignee for further assembly in the new ships.

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