6 August 2021

Case study: Heavy and oversized cargo packaging - The 251 tons Siemens compressor.

A tailor-made packaging solution for oversized heavy cargo.

In this blog, we proudly present one of DEUFOL's most extraordinary industrial packaging projects. For this project, we had to pack a 251 ton compressor for sea freight. A huge and very heavy shipment, for which a tailor-made industrial packaging solution was needed.

Deufol wooden ISPM 15 export breakbulk crate for 253 ton compressor

The planning of a packaging project of 251 tonnes.

Siemens, a global company dedicated to electrification, automation and digitisation, contacted us. With the request to pack a huge installation in one piece. One of the largest and heaviest assets packaged by Deufol to date. A compressor weighing 251 tons had to be professionally and safely packed for sea transport to Korea. A challenge that could not be met without careful preparation and planning. The first step was to define the exact transport and packaging requirements together with Siemens and to plan the entire operation step by step. After careful planning, an expert team of packing professionals was sent to the Siemens site in Duisburg to carry out the packing operation on site.

Each step of the packaging process was planned, prepared and carried out in detail. Each part of the packaging was tailor-made. This was the only way to ensure that the compressor to be packed would arrive safely at its destination.

Deufol VCI protective foil packaging for exporting a 253 ton compressor

The steel transport bottom and protective VCI foil.

The first step was the professional assembly of a steel platform that formed the basis of the package. The 251 ton machine was then carefully placed and secured on the steel skid. 

The steel skid and the machine were wrapped in protective VCI foil with additional VCI boost material to protect it from moisture and to prevent corrosion during transport and storage. All individual parts were also preserved in VCI foil.

The tailor-made wooden ISPM 15 certified crate.

The next step was the assembly of the wooden ISPM 15 certified box.

The panels of the full wooden crate - made from ISPM 15 certified wood - were designed and produced in detail beforehand, and assembled on site into one large crate.

This was done using cranes that neatly positioned everything where the Deufol packers attached it to the steel base and to one another. 

The box construction was strengthened with steel structures to prevent it from being damaged during lifting. The wooden cover was placed on top. An extra rainproof foil was applied on top of the box.

Deufol Wooden ISPM 15 industrial export packaging for sea freight of a 253 ton installation

Providing the lashing points and marking the box.

Deufol sea freight shipping markings on a breakbulk crate


The final hurdle in the packaging process was to provide several lashing points on the crate. These were accurately positioned so that the machine could be securely fastened during transport. This prevents damage to the machine or the packaging during transport. 

We applied the shipping markings on the crate. To ensure clear identification of the package on the journey and at the destination. 

We included the company markings of Siemens and Deufol.

Transport to the quay and loading onto the vessel.


After packing, inside the building, the enormous breakbulk case had to be taken to the quay of the port. To be shipped to the port of Antwerp by barge.

For this, the team used a modular transport system for heavy cargo. While the team followed every step of the way, the enormous crate was driven to the harbour quay.

There, it was loaded onto a barge using a floating crane and shipped to the port of Antwerp for final shipment to Korea.

Deufol exceptional transport of breakbulk export cargo

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Deufol, your partner for oversized heavy cargo packaging.

Do you need to pack and ship oversized and heavy cargo.? Are you looking a professional packaging company to help you out with your projects?

Call on Deufol for industrial packaging and transportation projects. We will be happy to help you.

Call us: +32 (0)3 488 21 92

Mail us: belgium@deufol.com

Case study: Heavy and oversized cargo packaging - The 251 tons Siemens compressor.

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