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HEAVY LOAD CARRIER: Zhen Hua bridges the gap

On 13 August the heavy load ship Zhen Hua 24 arrived in Rosyth from Shanghai with a cargo of large steel deck sections destined for the Queensferry Crossing, the new road bridge across the river Forth. The ship is one of the largest ever to call at the Fife port.

She discharged 36 sections of bridge, weighing about 350 tonnes each, the following day. The 48,184dwt Zhen Hua 24 is one of Zhenhua Shipping’s 22-strong fleet used for transporting assembled heavy equipment. They range from 60,000 to 100,000dwt, include four semi-submersible type and self-propelled ships and currently number Zhen Hua 8 to 29.

The construction of the bridge has reached the halfway stage, and the £1.45 billion project will open in 2016. Zhen Hua 24 was rebuilt in 2007 from the 1986-built tanker Regent. RC

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