MAMMOET ROAD CARGO BV JOINED FORCES WITH VAN DE WETERING BOAT & SPECIAL TRANSPORT TO HAUL A 68-TONNE MANUFACTURING COLUMN FROM THE PICTURESQUE ARDENNES HILLS TO A FACTORY NEAR DUSSELDORF, GERMANY.
The 28m long, 4.5m high and four-meter-wide behemoth had to be carried along small country roads and through villages. The route had been checked several weeks in advance and all obstacles were mapped and alternative routes created in case of a diversion.
The total length of the transport for the first leg was 40m, including an overhang at the back of around three meters. This was combined with an overall width of 4.3m and a height of 5.2m. Van de Wetering used its 8×4 Volvo FH550, paired with a brand new six-axle extendable trailer from Nooteboom Rental. The trailer could not be extended to its full length, as it wouldn’t have been able to cope with the weight.
Because of the size of the column, there was no room outside the factory to lift it up and put it on the trailer. So it was rolled halfway out using two railway sleds. The back half was lifted using a 20-tonne crane inside the building with the half outside lifted by a Liebherr LTM 1300 crane. Once in position the trailer was backed underneath the column and it was successfully loaded. A total of 12 chains fastened the vessel down using points which had been welded onto the column.
Around midnight, the combination was ready to go. Three escort vehicles followed the truck to the German border where the column was transferred to a nine-axle vessel carrier to comply with German height restrictions. At its destination the column had to be transferred back to the Nooteboom Rental six-axle trailer it started its journey on because the vessel carrier was too long to be manoeuvred into the unloading area.
Once at the factory it had to be lowered through the roof. To do this Mammoet used three cranes, a 130-tonne Kruppe, a 400-tonne LTM1400 and a 700-tonne CC T-rex 700. The plan was that the two smaller cranes would first lift the column off the trailer, after which it was manoeuvred into a vertical position with help from the large crane. The column was then lifted using the 700-tonne and 400-tonne cranes. The smaller one would then be removed and the column was positioned over the factory roof, where it was lowered into place.
The lift went without a hitch. The Mammoet cranes were more than capable of lifting this massive piece of equipment. The weather conditions were good and there were no unforeseen problems. Within an hour and a half, the full lift was completed and the column was in place. Van de Wetering and Mammoet Road Cargo received great appreciation from the parties involved, complimenting them on the excellent lift and transport.