VOSSMANN CLIMBS BACK INTO THE OVER- 100-TONNE SECTOR USING COMBIMAX VERSATILITY. ANDY ADAMS REPORTS
Vossmann recently transported a 105-tonne vortex unit, used for cleaning gas, to the inland port of Meppen on a Faymonville 12-axle CombiMAX trailer. The load measured almost 20 metres long and over seven metres in diameter. The route from Dinklage to the harbour in Meppen, via Lindern, Sögel and Werlte, wound through narrow construction sites, and was tackled by a 35-strong team.
Several months ago, Vossmann, added a package of 16 axle lines together with a flatbed, excavator deck and vessel deck to its fleet. “The advantage is the great flexibility. It allows us to respond to very diverse challenges with numerous possible combinations”, says Vossmann’s project manager, Swen Siefken.
The company has subsequently been able to take on new challenges suited to the large payload and modular capabilities of the CombiMAX. “We have only recently been active again in the segment above 100-tonne gross weight. We have already done some hauling in this sector, with 10 to 12 axles, 2+4 vessel deck and 3+5 flatbed”. Siefken says the versatility that the CombiMAX offers is a tangible asset in day-to-day life for Vossmann. “It’s particularly important in the heavy load sector, because some parameters can always change between initial planning and execution”.
This was illustrated in the vortex project, which was planned and carried out in only three months. After almost 15 hours on the road, the crane operator at the harbour managed to load the apparatus parts into the hold of the ship within 75 minutes. Before the end of the night the ship left to sail to Voerde, where the components were to be assembled in a heavy-load workshop: to be continued by water to Duisburg.