Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has loaded a propeller onto a 5,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containership Hyundai Supreme at the port of Waltershof in Germany.
The 110t propeller, the biggest object of its kind, was brought in by the HHLA IV floating crane before being loaded onto the vessel.
With a diameter of 10.50m, the propeller was also the most powerful ship propeller lifted by a HHLA floating crane.
Mecklenburger Metallguss (MMG) built the propeller at its facility in Waren, Germany.
In a statement, HHLA said: “After being carefully transported by road from the production facility in Waren an der Müritz in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to Hamburg, the gigantic new propeller was temporarily stored at Hachmannkai quay close to the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort until it was ready for loading.
“On Sunday morning, the ‘HHLA IV’ floating crane, which can lift up to 200t, moved the world’s biggest propeller onto its transport platform and brought it to the berth of the ‘Hyundai Supreme’ at the port of Waltershof.
“The jib of the floating crane raised the propeller from the transport platform and carefully lifted it over the towering side of the 300m-long container vessel.”
Hyundai Supreme had already departed from the Port of Hamburg in Germany to deliver the propeller to the port of Busan in South Korea.
From the port of Busan, the propeller will be moved to the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard, which is currently building the first of 11 new containerships for the shipping company MSC.
The new containerships will have 23,000TEU capacity each and will be the world’s largest vessels of their kind.