Five yachts weighing 540 tonnes in total were transported by Schenker Deutschland AG on 15 December 2008 to the halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, where they are to be the highlights of the “boot 2009” international boat show.
The trade fair logisticians have set a new record with this consignment. “This is the heaviest total weight we have ever had in one special transport for ‘boot’ since this international trade fair first started," confirmed Ulrich Zähres, the person responsible for “boot” at Schenker Deutschland AG in the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre branch. When empty, the largest yacht shipped, the “Bandido 90”, weighs almost 210 tonnes by herself.
The five luxury yachts travelled on the deck of cargo ships from the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung to Rotterdam, where they were placed onto pontoons with the aid of heavy-duty floating cranes. From there, they were transported up the Rhine to Düsseldorf. The specialists from DB Schenker used low loaders for unloading onto a ramp set up by the company itself. The low loaders were initially positioned under the yachts on the floating pontoons, hydraulically raised and then transported onto land and to the trade fair hall by means of two heavy-duty, 660-horsepower trucks.
DB Schenker will be moving another 37 boats from the Rhine to the exhibition grounds before the start of the boat show on 17 January 2009. Yachts weighing up to 90 tonnes will mostly make it to “boot 2009” under their own steam and then be lifted out of the water using the exhibition centre’s heavy-duty crane, known affectionately as “Big Willi”. Following this, DB Schenker will transport them on low loaders to the show.