With its cargo of mega-heavy pieces of equipment from Hamburg’s O’Swaldkai, Höegh Autoliners is extending its existing RoRo service to the Middle East by links to India and China. In future Höegh Autoliners will be offering a direct connection twice monthly to the important destinations of Mumbai (India) and Xingang (China). For the premiere, on 27 May HHLA’s UNIKAI Lagerei- und Speditionsgesellschaft subsidiary has loaded two of the heaviest items of equipment ever handled at the terminal as RoRo cargo. Each of the mining excavators manufactured by Terex O&K weighs 568 tons. They had to be dismantled, packed on to a number of rolltrailers and properly lashed for the sea voyage. Also loaded were Liebherr crawler cranes as well as other project cargo.
For her current voyage the RoRo vessel “Höegh Berlin” has taken on board altogether 69 rolltrailers carrying approx. 2,700 tons for India and China at UNIKAI in Hamburg. In addition, 230 cars and 70 trucks have been loaded for the Middle East trade. Hoegh shipping company’s EUMEFE service regularly calls at ports in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf and Far East in rotation. The “Höegh Berlin” was named in Hamburg on 31.08.2005 and was lengthened to 228 metres in 2008. That makes the ship one of the world’s largest car carriers. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Höegh and UNIKAI.