Portside’s shipment of terminal tractors
  • May 6, 2015
  • Case Study

Portside’s shipment of terminal tractors

Case Study

Shipment of 45 terminal tractors from Holland to Egypt.


As many of you probably know terminal tractors are usually loaded on ro/ro vessels, as they are self driven, it is very easy to load and discharge them from a vessel. However in this case the port that needed these tractors only has a container terminal, and does not accept ro/ro vessels.


To load 45 terminal tractors on flatracks in Holland, and ship them safely to Egypt, keeping the freight rates as competitive as loading on ro/ro.

So how did we do it?

We shipped these flatracks by barge to the deepsea terminal in Rotterdam, where we discharged the terminal tractors using their own power. Then using two forklifts, the units were carefully lifted on to the flatrack. Two units could fit on one 40ft flatrack.

Obviously units had to be lashed and secured on flatrack, using woven lashings. Spare parts of the machines were strapped on the unit.

Mission successful! Here’s some shots of the process.


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