Press Release

1,500 tons of heavy plant components for oil refinery handled in Wilhelmshaven

Five reactors for an oil refinery were transhipped at the North Port in Wilhelmshaven last weekend. The components, which had been temporarily stored in the rear area of the Rhenus Midgard terminal, were loaded on board the MS “Svenja” on 26 – 28 April 2013. Some of the items needing to be moved at the site weighed up to 1,500 tonnes. The heavy-duty shipment weighing 6,500 tonnes altogether is being exported to North America.

"The transhipment of these kinds of heavy refinery parts tends to be the exception rather than the rule at north German ports,” says Matthias Schrell, Managing Director of Rhenus Midgard Wilhelmshaven, underlining the special nature of this project. “Not every terminal is suitable for this kind of process. We have excellent possibilities in this field. We only had to make a few minor adjustments in order to be able to handle the enormously heavy reactors in a safe and efficient manner.”

The MS “Svenja”, which has been handled at the North Port terminal at Wilhelmshaven’s inner harbour, has a load-bearing capacity of 12,975 DWT. The refinery parts were loaded using the vessel’s two 1,000 tonne on-board cranes; the MS “Svenja” is 160 metres long and almost 28 metres wide. The MS “Svenja“ left Wilhelmshaven this Tuesday with its heavy-duty cargo loaded on board by Rhenus Midgard and will cross the Atlantic bound for North America.

About Rhenus

The Rhenus Group provides logistics services around the globe and has annual turnover amounting to EUR 4 billion. Rhenus employs over 24,000 people at more than 350 locations worldwide. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics and Port Logistics – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative valueadded services.