Everyone knows the Calypso, this famous research vessel of French oceanographic researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who led a maritime scientific exploration from November 1951 to January 1996. This vessel has navigated on all oceans of the globe.
The Equipe Cousteau (association) called CMA CGM LOG in order to organize the exceptional transportation of this ship to Izmit Harbour in Turkey. Numerous constraints had to be taken into account:
- Find a vessel that was large enough for the load of the Calypso (42,35 meters);
- That this same vessel was small enough to enter Concarneau harbor (115 meters long at the most);
- And that it had craves powerful enough to lift the Calypso on their own (weight: 111 tons).
On the morning of March 14th, 2016, the ABIS DUSAVIK, a 111,60 meters long vessel, with two craves (capacity 150 tons each) arrived in Concarneau. The loading was spectacular and delicate. Indeed, the craves were on the dock side, which led to the rotation of the hull in order to bring it onboard. Once the loading was over, the hull was secured for its transportation.
CMA CGM LOG was involved in all logistical aspects of this exceptional loading, especially with the booking of five TEUs in order to transport accessories, stuffing and handling processes at the Port of Concarneau, as well as customs procedures.
The operations went smoothly and the Calypso was successfully loading onboard the ABIS DUSAVIK, which left on the evening of March 15th, en route to Izmit in Turkey. It will be renovated there before starting again its activities and missions as an ambassador of the oceans.
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