Reactors and Heaters to Yanbu

Clean Fuels Refinery Project

As part of a major refinery project, Bertling has undertaken some very large shipments from Thailand and India to Yanbu involving item weights up to 515Te each. Six heavy reactors were shipped from Hazira, India, to Yanbu in one vessel and six fired heaters were shipped from Sattahip, Thailand, in a further two vessels. Bertling was also responsible for delivery to site in Yanbu (Saudi Arabia).

Samref - Route from Thailand to India and Saudi Arabia
  • Step 1

    Delivery to vessel

    One of the six heater radiant sections being delivered alongside the vessel in Sattahip (Thailand) using SPMT's.

  • Step 2

    Crane operations

    Both vessel cranes take the weight. The largest radiant section was 17.5m long, 9m diameter and weighed 135Te.

  • Step 3

    In the vessel's hold

    Final positioning in the hold of the vessel to ensure adequate support of the cargo.

  • Step 4

    Lowering operations

    One of the heater convection boxes being lowered in the vessel hold, the largest of which was 9.0m x 4.3m x 6.5m weighing 111Te.

  • Step 5

    Lifting aboard

    The first of the 33m long 515 Te CHD reactors being lifted aboard using the vessel cranes.

  • Step 6


    The CHD reactor being positioned in the hold. The two 190Te HDS reactors can be seen under the tweendeck.

  • Step 7


    Only two CHD reactors could be stowed between the cranes in the hold of the vessel. So the remaining two had to be stowed on deck. Here the last CHD reactor is being lifted from transport.

  • Step 8

    Final move

    The last CHD reactor being maneuvered between the vessel cranes. Tween deck pontoons were used as load-spreading under the reactors.

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