Preparation and Supervision of Tank Lifting & Transport on land and water

The SJR Group contracted for review, release and approval of tank lifting and transport documents. Two complete tanks, constructed by SJR, had to be transported over water to Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam in the Netherlands. After transport the tanks had to be installed at the Gunvor Petroleum site. During the actual lifting and transport activities, one of our lifting and transport specialists was present onsite as an active team member.

Our activities included:

  • Prepare and execute the project with maximum safety and minimum lost time/extra costs;
  • Third party review in the engineering phase to combine site specific regulations, legislation, local/international standards and common practice, into practical solutions throughout all transport and lifting documents;
  • Own experienced specialists to perform and request extra checks. These checks could be on i.e. lifting points, load integrity, load bearing capacity of the transport road and crane locations (soil investigation) and SPMT transport strength/stability;
  • A point of contact in the field to communicate and approve any changes during execution, in close cooperation with all parties involved. These changes occurred due to varying circumstances, i.e. weather, weight of the load, rigging, crane/SPMT setup.

About the project:

Both tanks have a diameter of 21m, a height of 17m and a weight of 140t. For the lifting of the tanks a rigging arrangement was assembled, consisting of a 13m by 13m spreader frame and four 8m-spreaders.

The lifting, land/water transport and installation activities were done in close cooperation with Gunvor Petroleum, SJR Group, Peinemann, HEBO Maritiemservice and Bonn & Mees. Mammoet was responsible for the tank transport with SPMTs on the Gunvor site.

The method for load-out and water transport was different for both tanks. Load-out of the first tank from the SJR quay was done by the HEBO-Lift 9. Next, the tank was placed onto a barge that was sailed to the Gunvor site. The load-out of the second tank was deployed by the Matador 3 floating sheer leg of Bonn & Mees. After load-out the Matador 3 sailed directly with the tank as suspended load in its hooks to Gunvor.

tank lifted by crane | HEBO-lift 9 tank transport over water | Matador 3









During load-in at the Gunvor quay, each tank was placed onto temporary supports with load spreaders. Subsequently the tank was picked up with the double SPMTs of Mammoet, with a total of 24 axle lines, for onsite transport.

tank transport by double SPMTs







After arrival at the installation locations, a tandem lift with two mobile telescope cranes (Liebherr LTM1750-9.1 and Liebherr LTM1450-8.1) of Peinemann was executed to lift the tanks from the SPMTs and install them onto their final locations.

tandem lift by telescopic cranes tank lifted by tandem lift telescopic cranes

What we do

As an independent partner, we advise about, design and construct everything from concept study to project completed. Our in-house developed design software calculates everything concerning mobile cranes and bespoke heavy equipment, while our people offer the expertise and skills that secure your success.


Consultancy / Design & Construction

Our 40 years of experience provides the basis of a successful start of your project: right from the FEED phase. Preparation is vital. Therefore our concept studies, method statements and mission equipment offer you all the support you need.


Consultancy / Design & Construction

Our aim is to optimize your project team’s results. With our exclusive knowledge of lifting and transportation we eliminate and manage risks. This is how we reach our collective goal: Zero Accidents, Zero Incidents.



We have built up a great deal of experience with the design of (mobile) cranes and bespoke heavy equipment such as piling machines and excavators. Our customer base includes the most prominent producers of cranes and heavy machinery worldwide.

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