Stellanova was built in 1996, is 314 feet long and flies the flag of The Netherlands
African Express: 2015-
|On August 1, 2003, the Dutch vessel Stellanova brought 121 large pieces of equipment manufactured in Spain and Italy to Duluth. The pieces are destined for the Syncrude UE-1 oil sands project near Ft. McMurray, Alberta.|
|The shipment included several pressure cylinders that measure up to 165 feet (50.3 meters) long and weigh as much as 260 metric tons.|
|Sixteen eight-axle railcars will be supplied by TTX Corp., Chicago, Ill., and Kasgro Rail Corp., Ramsey, Ind., to move the majority of the equipment.|
|Special railcars are required to handle the excessive tail swing caused by the length of the equipment. The cargo will travel through Staples and Detroit Lakes, Minn., then through Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D., through Crookston and then on to Noyes, Minnesota.|
|Leon Steur (below) is Senior Cargo Superintendent for Jumbo; he flew over here to oversee the very difficult discharge of cargo from his ship. He has been here for all 4 trips his ships have made on this project|
|Jumbo, a Rotterdam heavy-lift shipping company, arranged for arrival of the equipment via four ships outfitted with deck cranes capable of handling heavy loads. This is the last of the shipments.The first shipment arrived in Port August 3, 2002, aboard Jumbo’s vessel Fairload. It consisted of 10 pressure cylinders manufactured in Spain measuring up to 147 feet (44.8 meters) long and weighing as much as 131 metric tons that required four eight-axle railcars.
The second shipment of equipment (manufactured in Italy) arrived November 8, 2002, aboard the Jumbo Vision. Transfer of this equipment marked a record-setting rail shipment that included seven 520-ton pieces requiring 14 12-axle railcars, and two 200-ton pieces requiring two eight-axle railcars. The largest pieces measured approximately 80 feet (24.4 meters) long.
The third shipment of equipment (manufactured in Spain and Italy) arrived April 30, 2003, once again aboard the Fairload. It included five 95-ton pieces that moved by truck, and 44 more pieces weighing between 20 and 160 tons and ranging in length from 40 to 155 feet (12.2 to 47.2 meters) that moved via the multi-axle railcars.
|There were four sets of effluent exchangers (above and below), each weighing 124 tons. Below, they are mounted vertically on specially built rail road cars.|
|The train was assembled car by car and provided an interesting sight for travelers along Interstate 35|
|After a lot of hard work, the Stellenova was ready depart, leaving Duluth on August 4, 2003. The three people in the foreground above came down to the ship canal to say good by to the empty ship. That is Leon on the left above; his work was done, the cargo on the boat was discharged onto rail cars. Ed White is next to him; he was the train expert; his work was about to begin.|
|The Dutch flagged Stellanova (above) arrived in Duluth on October 13th, 2000, with a load of 36 pieces of equipment that will be used for oil processing in northern Alberta, Canada.|
|Below, one of the biggest pieces, almost one million pounds, was lifted out of the Stellanova the following week at the Clure Public Marine Terminal. It was placed on a specially designed rail car. This piece is about 14 feet in diameter and 75 feet long. The Stellanova is only 313 feet long, but she can carry very heavy cargo; hence the term Heavy Lift ship.|