Catamarans are gradually gaining popularity in Russia, attracting its navigability and interior volume. At the same time catamarans are a specific cargo. Already at length of 10 meters the width of the hull can reach 4-5 meters that at once does transportation design. In the 2019 season we transported several motor catamarans at the order of one Far Eastern shipyard. Here are some lessons we have learned from this experience.
High-quality packaging is the key to success.
First it was necessary to deliver a motor catamaran on the Vladivostok-Saint Petersburg route. The sizes of cargo, seemingly, not the most terrible: 12000x3650x3800. However, we have a great experience of transportations to the Far East.
It is worth noting that transporting boats over 10,000 km is a serious test for the hull and interior decoration, as the quality of Russian roads is not the best.
Over more than 15 years of experience in yacht transportation, we have encountered cases ranging from broken TV brackets and gangways to shaken technology covers and hatches. That's why we've been using air suspended semitrailers for a long time. It's softer than hydraulic.
The consignor additionally assured us that the hull was designed for the severe maritime conditions of the Primorye Territory, and transportation for it was not the worst test and there was nothing to worry about. The catamaran had a fiberglass epoxy hull, reinforced with carbon fibre (!!!), which easily withstands a sledgehammer impact and a stone impact! We also gave special recommendations for packaging a catamaran. It was necessary to stretch the rope net on top of the shrink film. In this case the packaging fits the load better and reduces the risk of wind damage.
Take into account the natural factor
The special permit for transportation of large-size cargo was received in advance and the whole route was officially agreed upon. However, transportation took place during numerous floods in Siberia and the Far East.
Some of the federal roads have been blurred, and the possibility of actual travel has been compromised.
After leaving Vladivostok, we constantly monitored the situation with floods in the Tulun area of the Irkutsk region. The distance of 3000 km from Vladivostok to Irkutsk was covered in 3 days and we passed a dangerous section a day before the federal highway was completely blocked. And all the distance of 11000 km we covered in 2 weeks without any problems with cargo.
Plan transportation for at least two months.
Then there was an order for delivery of the same motor catamaran on the route Vladivostok-Sevastopol. In this case, the shipper clearly agreed on the time of transfer of the catamaran to the client and was unable to break it.
It should be noted that in general, in such long-distance transport, planning is not the least important. Approval of the route can last up to 2 months. At the same time, the period of validity of the received special permit is barely enough to travel across the country.
In fact, the shipper must clearly understand the loading date in advance, 2 months in advance, and strictly follow the ship's construction schedule.
In our case, the planning of problems did not arise either on the part of the customer or the carrier. Natural catastrophes also bypassed this project.
Take into account boat dimensions.
At the same time, we made another small but very unusual order. The hull, 5900 mm wide and 4000 mm high, had to be delivered across Vladivostok from the construction site to the yacht club for launching and testing on water. We have little experience in transportation of such wide catamarans. The extreme rigidity of the hull surprised us.
On a 2500mm wide platform, this wide hull was mounted on a central bridge. The floats of the catamaran were in the air, outside the cargo platform at an altitude of about one meter above the ground. The route went through the city road network. This way of loading made it possible to maneuver through narrow and winding streets of Vladivostok without any risk to meet any hatch or curb. The hull was successfully launched.