Ports & Shipyards

Ports & Shipyards

Our experts' design and execute efficient heavy lifting and transport operations for ports, shipyards, and shipbuilders – helping clients increase the productivity of ships and harbors.

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Mammoet maximizes the productivity of ships and harbors through optimized engineered heavy and transport operations – delivering safer and more efficient construction, expansion, and maintenance projects.

As global economies grow, international shipping is key to the expansion in trade and movement of goods. This expansion has fueled a quest for efficiencies and economies of scale in the shipping industry. Larger loads are one way of bringing about these efficiencies, stimulating a market for vast vessels and bigger harbors to accommodate them. To support this market, shipyards are seeking to operate as efficiently as possible, delivering new vessels and performing maintenance work according to optimized schedules.

Ports and harbors are expanding and maximizing their performance to accommodate and service ships of increasing size. Minimizing construction, maintenance, and handling time maximize a ship’s productivity. High-capacity cranes are an essential element in both harbor and shipyard efficiency, for cargo handling or ship construction and maintenance activities. These cranes need to be built, installed, maintained, upgraded, and sometimes relocated. Developing and realizing the optimal scenario for the movement of these massive pieces of equipment requires specialized expertise and equipment.

With both vessels and cargo handling equipment around the world growing larger in scale, shipbuilders and harbor owners face new construction and maintenance challenges. Mammoet’s engineered heavy lifting and transport specialists are ideally positioned to find engineering solutions to help optimize shipbuilding and port operating activities, including harbor crane installation, the building, and launching of new ships, and the maintenance and upgrading of ships, shipyards, and port facilities.

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Supporting growth

Harbors handling containers and cargo use specialist ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to unload and maneuver them. Likewise, tall gantry cranes with a large span are used to lift large and heavy ship sections or other components and cargo at many ports and shipyards. When constructing different types of cranes for harbors and ports, minimizing disruption to daily operations is an important consideration.

Disruption and lost working space or time can be reduced by assembling these cranes in a nearby construction area or by shipping a crane in one piece from the factory. In either case, a specialized partner is needed to transport a fully assembled crane from the construction area or barge it to the site. Another option is to build these machines in large sections at ground level, before erecting them in one operation. By contracting Mammoet’s professionals to develop the optimal solution for such projects, the operation can be streamlined from start to finish.

Accommodating change

From time to time, cranes require maintenance, upgrading, or even complete relocation to a different position or terminal. Mammoet works with clients to consider the available options, enabling owners and operators to make the best decision about the modification or relocation of these container cranes. Early

involvement of our specialists brings the opportunity to optimize this type of work. Harbor cranes vary in capacity, size, and track width, and a detailed assessment and thorough forward planning are needed to consider the best options for transport or modification of an assembled crane. Good preparation also ensures all permits are in place and additional costs, such as demurrage charges, are avoided.

Improving productivity

Mammoet brings together years of operations engineering experience in the shipbuilding sector with an unrivaled fleet of equipment. This enables us to design new solutions for safely and efficiently launching and transporting ships, reducing construction time for optimal yard usage. Our experience includes negotiating locks and bridges with oversized ships and cargos in order to meet the growing needs of our clients. With shipyard facilities optimized, better use of facilities and access routes, the highest standards of safety, and accelerated schedules, Mammoet contributes to its shipbuilding clients’ profitability.

We can also find creative engineering solutions to optimize ship maintenance or upgrades. Replacing large and heavy components, such as engines or crankshafts, on ships and cruise liners safely and cost-effectively requires expertise and dedicated equipment. As ever, early involvement is beneficial to find the optimal way to work in the restricted spaces often presented by these types of component replacement operations. Additionally, ways may be found to do the work while avoiding a dry dock, saving time and costs.

Whether it is a cruise liner, ferry, or container ship, minimizing the amount of time spent at shore maximizes productivity. Our tailor-made methods for planned or emergency maintenance work on ships, such as crankshaft and engine exchanges, keep vessels in operation while the team comes on board to plan the exchange. As soon as the ship is docked, we set to work immediately with our dedicated equipment, designed specifically for use in the space-restricted hull of a ship. Minimizing the amount of time the ship is under repair means greater efficiency for its owner.

Paul van der Waal

Maximizing uptime

At Mammoet, we support our clients to maximize the uptime of ships by creating and executing smart solutions for all possible heavy lifting and transport work. This includes optimizing methods for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and relocating different types of cranes for ports, harbors, and shipyards. For example, we have modified STS container cranes enabling them to accommodate the latest post-Panamax container ships by increasing the height of the legs and length of the boom.

Our focus is on managing risks and taking worries away from our clients. Our engineers are highly skilled in developing and executing optimal construction processes for any type of crane. To minimize disruption to an operating port we often move fully assembled cranes into position in one piece. Likewise, we develop solutions for relocating existing cranes between ports and harbors. Our engineers perform a full structural analysis of the assembled crane and then design and put into place the required structural reinforcement and sea fastening.

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At Mammoet we develop efficient approaches to the construction and maintenance of ships. Our tailor- made methods for planned or emergency maintenance work on ships, such as crankshaft and engine exchanges, keep the vessel in operation while the team comes on board to plan the exchange. As soon as the ship is docked, we set to work immediately with our dedicated equipment, designed specifically for use in the space-restricted hull of a ship.

In some cases, the parts and components we lift and transport are very delicate. For example, we transported three state-of-the-art carbon composite masts from the UK to Germany. The masts were then installed on a new, 143-meter super-yacht. As we did not want the torque forces the masts would be subject to on the boat to cause them damage, Mammoet developed a tailor-made approach for shipment.

Paul van der Waal, Sales Engineer for Mammoet Europe, has been with Mammoet for ten years, specializing in technically complex projects. Here he explains how Mammoet can help increase efficiency in international shipping.

Paul van der Waal