Houston, TX- The Saudi oilmen have been constructing an impressive refinery as part of the Kingdom’s program to develop an industrial city, boost the region’s economic growth, and increase its share of fuel export to international markets. The refinery covers 12 square kilometers and once operational, will process 400,000 barrels per day of Heavy and Medium crude oil, 80 million barrels of gasoline, 250 million barrels of diesel fuel and more than 1 million ton per annum of benzene and paraxylene petrochemical products.
Although Braid has been heavily involved in several other shipments for this refinery, we were called in at the 11th hour to provide the transport of 17’ wide air compressors which are critical for the processing of crude oil and gas products at the refinery. With most conventional logistics solutions unavailable due to high shipping cost, Braid unlocked an innovative, expedient, and cost efficient solution to ship the units from New York to Jeddah. In addition, the shipment called for a direct load and direct discharge; the pressure was on to deliver the units under the crane as fast as possible.
On day one, the units were delivered at a temporary storage area and staged until ready to move to the ship. On day two, units were retrieved and transferred alongside ship underneath the gantry crane. The crane was rigged with two adjustable 30 ton spreaders, properly set at 17’, and outfitted with Kevlar padded cross supports, as well as four chain drops extended by nylon belts connected to 50 ton shackles. Stevedore crew assisted in connecting and disconnecting the shackles. A bed of twelve empty, heavy duty platforms was prepared inside hold#8, which is fitted with McGregor-type metal hatch covers, opened to receive the pieces. The units were then gradually lifted from the perimeter beam trailers and landed inside the hold. Two 2” nylon straps tensioned with ratchets and five 2” chains tensioned with turnbuckles were employed by the lashing gang and ship’s appointed lashing crew to secure the cargo. In addition, fourteen lengthwise 6” x 6” wooden skid bearers and nine doubled-up 2” x 6” wooden bearers were utilized to block and brace the cargo against the end walls. There were also some heavy duty flat racks and containers accompanying the compressors which were loaded in bay 5 and bay 6 in hold#1.
The plan was executed without delay or cost overrun. Over the course of the project, the team at Braid worked tirelessly to expedite the massive operations.
Following the completion of the job, Gus Chalos, President of Braid commented: “We are excited about what we have accomplished and our customer is thankful for the support provided by Braid”