Left Bank Scheldt River, Antwerp, Belgium. October 30-31, 2017
Big day in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, especially busy last week because the entire new brew house (75 bbl CW) for the Russian River Brewing Company was being transferred from the river barges to the ocean liner at the MCS terminal on the left bank of the river Scheldt in Antwerp. The next phase will be to sail the Atlantic, travel through the Panama Canal and back up the Pacific to the Port of Oakland at San Fransisco Bay.
In the last six weeks – from the beginning of September to mid October – with all the vessels (mash tun, lauter tun, kettle and whirlpool) ready, the next phase of all pre-piping and pre-wiring was in full swing at the Ziemann plant. It is the goal to have as little welding work as possible done on site in the brew house area. This does mean that a lot of packaging preparations need to be made to make sure that none of the vessels get damaged by salt water or other equipment loaded on the ships. All is supervised by a logistics firm specialized in this type of cargo.
All the equipment was loaded on a barge at the Ziemann facility in Burgstadt at the River Main. The barge sailed down the River Main, connected on over the Rhine and then took the inter-coastal waterway down to the Port of Antwerp, a trip of a total of 2 days. The ocean liner will take another 4-5 weeks to make it to the West Coast of the US. The pictures show the different vessels within the wooden areas, the entire process piping mounted and ready under the vessels in between the vessel legs.
The same operation will happen two more times. First, all the Ziemann fermenters will make the trip by the end of the year, barge to Antwerp, ship to Oakland. All the open top fermenters will be inspected at the end of January 2018 and then make the trip by truck to Bremerhaven and then ocean liner to Oakland as well with an estimated arrival time of mid April in California. We keep you posted!
proost: [noun] “cheers!” in Flemish; usually said when drinking with friends and family.