The largest forging press in the UK, for Sheffield Forgemasters, has been shipped from Japan.
The press shipped from the Port of Hiagari, Japan, to King George Quay in Hull, the 8,000 tonne load traveling over 13,000 nautical miles.
It was unloaded from MV Hanna, a 19,000 tonne heavy freighter, at Hull Quay with 13 ultra-large components bargeed to Goole, due to size and weight restrictions on Ouse Bridge.
Sheffield Forgemasters sub-contracted the shipping requirements to Allseas Global Logistics and GB Shipping & Forwarding, who worked with specialist heavy-lift carrier Allelys to deliver the cargo from both quays in Sheffield with police escorting seven loads over 200 tons each.
Craig Smith, import export manager at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “This is one of our largest logistics projects to date, requiring the dismantling of the press in Japan and all of its thousands of components sorted in 488 packages.
“The 13 largest items, half of which weigh over 200 tonnes each with the heaviest at 255 tonnes, required the chartering of a second vessel to ship the components to Goole, beyond Ouse Bridge, for loading onto the larger Allelys transport vehicles.
“The cargo took 14 days to load, 45 days to travel from Japan to Hull and 12 days to unload.”
Following the acquisition of Sheffield Forgemasters by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) last year, there are plans to invest up to £400m over the next decade to support its critical defense assets , including a new heavy forge line and building.