Ferry Delivery Thanks to Tanks

'Tallink Autoexpress 2' is seen leaving Rotterdam at the start of its Atlantic crossing.

In the second week of October Dutch ship delivery and maritime recruitment specialist Redwise was approached by it’ s long term customer Conferry to deliver the Austal built catamaran ' Tallink Autoexpress 2' from Tallin to Curacao. 

The challenges to overcome on short notice were numerous and large. They included reflagging the vessel twice within a week, including a bareboat registry, making the right amount of qualified officers and engineers available, obtaining 200 tons of extra fuel capacity on short notice in a tight market and sailing the vessel across the Atlantic in the middle of the autumn.

Redwise quickly mobilized it’s general manager, master and chief engineer to Tallin, agreed all terms with it’s client and was underway with the vessel within a week during which change of flag surveys, ISM and ISPs, and interim audits were all completed.

After leaving Tallin the vessel stopped for bunkers at Brunsbutel after a normal transit of the Kiel Canal. In Rotterdam, ten tank containers of 24m3 each were loaded with shore crane assistance and by means of small wheeled tracks and a forklift, as the truck lanes were not large enough to allow forklifts or side unloaders to discharge and operate within the given space. Limited deck strength was overcome by means of wooden beams as dunnage and limited strength of the lashing points were overcome by an ingenious cargo lashing arrangement. Finally, bunker hoses, manifolds and air pumps were installed to allow rapid bunkering and transfer to the vessel’s fuel tanks together with additional potable water capacity.

After departing Rotterdam the vessel sailed via the bunker ports of Las Palmas and Cabo Verde to Curacao, where it was safely redelivered to Redwise’s customer. However, Redwise involvement did not stop there. Tank containers needed to be cleaned and shipped back to the point of origin, together with the rented bunker arrangement.

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