SPEDITION KÜBLER HAS TRANSPORTED THE 140-TONNE HULL AND UPPER DECK OF THE MS UTTING USING A TOTAL OF 30 SCHEUERLE INTERCOMBI AXLE LINES BETWEEN RHINELAND AND LAKE AMMER. ANDY ADAMS REPORTS
Because of height limitations along the route, Kübler decided not to use the swivel bolsters on the two nine- and 11-axle Scheuerle InterCombi platform trailers. Instead, the hull was rigidly positioned on the trailers and braced. As a result, the ship together with the trailers formed an extremely long, rigid unit. The load securing system had to accommodate all longitudinal and transverse forces of the combination.
Once all the trailers had arrived at the inland port of Roth on the Saturday morning mobile cranes lifted the top deck, which was separated from the hull, onto the ten-axle modular unit. Kübler then lifted the hull from the water and placed on the two modular platform trailers and was secured using lashing points and load spreaders.
On the Monday evening the convoy set off with a police escort, using roads closed off in advance, to join the A9 motorway. At the Allersberg junction a roundabout had to be driven over before the motorway, which had also been closed to traffic, could be accessed by reversing up the exit ramp. “When we finally got onto the A9 main transport artery with a total weight of more than 250 tonnes and a width reaching almost 10m, all of us had to be sure that everything was running smoothly and there was no possibility of a breakdown on the motorway which would block it for a long time,” says Kübler transport co-ordinator, Nicolas Grimm.
The convoy drove until 02.00hrs and was then parked on a specially selected motorway parking area before the onset of the rush-hour. The following evening, the A 9, A 99 and A 96 motorways were closed for a second time. Long traffic jams were inevitable as the width of the load made it impossible to allow traffic to overtake. When negotiating a tunnel on the route only a few centimetres clearance was available on both sides well as at the top. Kübler had previously dismantled all illuminated signs and had the tunnel ceiling lights measured to ensure a safe passage.
At around 01.00hrs, the vehicles reached the Inning am Ammersee junction. As the bend on the exit was too narrow, all road traffic regulations had to be temporarily suspended. After the central reservation crash barriers had been removed and the motorway maintenance authority had blocked the oncoming carriageway, the convoy changed to the opposite side and left the motorway on the wrong side of the road.
After a final stage via country roads and past countless dismantled signs and traffic lights, the convoy reached the Bavarian lake boat authority´s facility at Lake Ammer. Two mobile cranes lowered the hull into the water followed by the upper deck which was lifted from the trailer and set down into position.