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The Heavies 2020: Job of the Year CAT3

Job of the Year CAT3





Allelys Heavy Haulage in collaboration with Noatum Logistics were awarded the sizeable contract of transporting 290 brand new Diesel and Electric Multiple Unit vehicles from Spain and Newport to Liverpool for the next generation of Northern Rail trains.

The Class 195 DMU and Class 331 EMU passenger train vehicles measuring 24.00m x 2.70m x 3.90m and 40te were built at the Spanish based train manufacturer CAF (Contrucciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) facilites in Zaragoza and Beasain. The units were shipped from Pasajes to Portbury on Mafi trailers, to which were then transhipped on to Allelys specialist rolling stock trailers without the requirement of any lifting facilities. These were then transported to the Alstom Edge Hill depot after a secure overnight stop at Allelys facility in Studley, ensuring arrival at specific times and orientation due to constraints within the depot.

Deliveries had to be of complete units all within limited working hours, which Allelys having such an expansive and versatile fleet proved to be the making of a very successful partnership with all involved.

Within this contract there were also uncomplete bodyshells that arrived in to Portbury, to which Allelys transferred by road to the newly built CAF facility in Newport for completion. The Heavy Haulage team provided the most practical solutions for the newly acquired depot – suggesting layout adjustments to ensure the depot could utilise the different loading and unloading methods available.

Once the bodyshells were completed to final rail standards within the CAF facility in Newport they were then transferred by Allelys to the Alstom depot in Liverpool to complete the contract.


To date we have delivered 85% of the rolling stock, with the remaining 15% ongoing through the year.

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Delivering the World’s Largest Crane

Unveiled at the Port of Ghent in November 2018, Sarens SGC-250, the largest crane in the World, required a transport solution for delivery to the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant (HPC) site in Somerset.

Destined for its first UK project, the SGC-250 will play a key role in constructing Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant, which is currently the largest and most complex civil engineering project in the UK.

For this logistical challenge, the Collett Team were appointed to undertake all vessel discharge procedures, heavy lift services and heavy transport operations to deliver the massive structure in modular form.

On the vessel’s arrival at Avonmouth, the Collett Team began to discharge the numerous components required to fully construct the 250m high SGC-250 crane.

This time consuming process, due to the high number of cargoes and the intricacy of the vessel’s stowage plan, required the Collett Team to work two 12 hour day shifts to ensure all components were safely lifted from the vessel. After the completion of each individual lift from the hold of the ship, Collett transported each component quayside, unloading to a designated laydown area at the port. With a strict laydown plan in place, each of the SGC components were systematically positioned in the storage area providing ease of access to each cargo in line with the construction schedule.

With a cumulative weight of over 3,000 Metric Tonnes (the heaviest of the individual cargoes weighing 56 Tonnes), each of the components were successfully discharged within the tight 24 hour timescale and methodically stored ready for onward delivery.

For the delivery of all the components to site, HPC operated a Delivery Management System to plan, schedule and approve freight visits to and from the site. This system also featured automated number plate recognition of all vehicles. This required Collett to pre-book each component delivery, driver, vehicle and unloading requirements 72 hours in advance. With this notification in place, our Team were provided with tight timescales in which to complete each individual delivery.

Equipment Used:

• 3 Axle Flat Trailers, with and without Twist Locks
• 40’ Flat Trailers
• 4 Axle Extendable Flat Trailers
• 4 Axle Extendable Step Frames
• 6 Axle Modular Trailers
• 7 Axle Extendable Step Frames
• 3 Axle Extendable Semi-Steps
• 5 Axle Extendable Step Frames

Utilising these specialist trailers each of the SGC-250 components were safely transported to the HPC site. With over 400 loads in total, each had to be individually notified 72 hours ahead of delivery to obtain their strict 1 hour delivery timeslot.

Beginning in April, and proceeding over the following four months, Collett completed over 400 deliveries to the HPC site, travelling the 45 miles from Avonmouth and successfully delivering the Sarens SGC-250, the World’s largest crane.

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On Wednesday 17th April 7pm Cheetham Hill Construction phoned Matt Smith our Low Loader Manager at home advising him that they needed a 50 tonne CAT 988 loading shovel collecting urgently from Melton Ross Quarry, Singleton Birch and taking to Yeomans, Glensanda Scotland.

The current Loading Shovel at the quarry on Glensanda island had broken down and they needed a replacement asap as the boat it was helping to load was on the dock and it was going to cost Aggregate Industries £10,000 per day standing charge.

That evening Matt Smith rearranged the diary to free up the appropriate vehicle, as due to the size of the load only certain lorries within the fleet could do the move.

The next morning (Thursday 18th April) at 8am the low loader arrived at Melton Ross Quarry to load, they had to wait onsite for tyres to be fitted to the shovel and for the escort vehicle to arrive to accompany the load.
Meanwhile in the office, Nick Gayle (Senior Transport planner) applied for the short notice movement order and began ringing all notifiable authorities on the route especially Police Scotland as they knew from past experience, they would need a police escort from Dalwhinnie to Glensanda for a load of this size.

The load finally left Melton Ross at 1.30pm on Thursday 18th April, being conscious of the timescale as it was running into the bank holiday weekend and the need to meet the police on time for a police escort, as it wouldn’t be available past the Friday evening due to the bank holiday weekend.

Given the length of the route and the short notice to organise the self-escorts there were two companies used, Lymers Assist Ltd with driver James Pike from Melton Ross to Hamilton services and the second being A N Cameron Ltd with driver Alistair Cameron from Hamilton services to Glensanda.

The load made it to Hamilton services late that night (Thursday) it then set off the following morning (Friday 19th) As the load neared Perth the lorry clearly had developed a problem, they pulled into Volvo Perth to find that the flexi pipe (part of the exhaust system) had split and needed replacing before the journey could continue. After Volvo Perth investigated they discovered that the nearest part was in Inverness, we explained the urgency and the deadline we were working to, to get the load up to Glensanda in time and to meet the police escort and Jill Dunne at Volvo pulled out all the stops, immediately dispatching someone to collect the part for us.

Thanks to the swift actions of Volvo Perth and Jill Dunne the vehicle was back up and running within 2 hours of it arriving at Volvo Perth and back on its journey north.

Whilst all this was happening Nick in the office and Matt who was on his way to Surrey on holiday were in constant contact with Volvo Perth and Chris McNeill from Police Scotland to explain the hold up and check that the two officers that were accompanying the load were ok to wait for the load to arrive. Due to the patience and willingness to help us they kindly agreed to wait for the load and escort it to its destination.

Thanks to the swift work carried out by Volvo Perth we were only one hour late for the agreed meeting time for the police escort. From that point on thanks to the excellent escorting of the Scottish police specifically PC Rhuaraidh Mackay and PC Alasdair Mackay the load reached Glendanda without further hitch and was unloaded directly onto the barge which takes the machinery to the Glensanda island and immediately started loading the boat.

Collins Earthworks (Transport) Ltd especially Matt Smith & Nick Gayle would like to thank everybody involved without whose help and cooperation this move would have been impossible. Due to seemingly impossible timescale and the difficulties involved we think this whole operation deserves Job The Year (CAT3). When you factor in the drive time for Rob Lancaster our driver and the fact it was Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, we managed to complete the almost impossible, due to teamwork, communication and pure determination & drive.

2019 has been a successful year for the Collins group. Collins Earthworks were identified in The London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2019 report, the report identifies fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK. In addition to this Collins Earthworks Ltd was once again in 2019 awarded a RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices in recognition of their practices and achievements in helping staff get home safely at the end of the working day. And finally it was announced in September 2019 that Collins Earthworks were once again named in the East Midlands Top 200. The East Midlands Top 200 list is compiled using the most recent publicly available accounts of companies that are run and managed from the East Midlands, highlighting the regions 200 fastest growing companies on the basis of profit growth.

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Admiralty Arch Project
The Best of British

Hallett Silbermann has been at the forefront of providing logistic solutions and specialist heavy haulage services to industry for over 70 years, gaining and maintaining a reputation for excellence of service delivery. In doing so, it has played its part in supporting the delivery of numerous high-profile infrastructure projects, including the likes of Thames Tideway, Crossrail, London Olympics 2012, Smart Motorways, Heathrow Airport developments and more recently HS2.

But it’s not all about the major national infrastructure projects; a great deal of the work is about the support provided to the multitude of ‘one-off’ construction projects that keep the wheels of industry, commerce and the wider society turning. It is this vital work that forms the backbone of our business and deserves celebrating.

The Project
Every now and then we are privileged to be asked to support something a little bit special. It could be argued that there are few more iconic locations in the heart of our capital city than Admiralty Arch, which is currently being beautifully transformed into the finest hotel and serviced residences. The opportunity to be involved in this project, working for our client Cementation Skanska, was something Hallett Silbermann jumped at.

Whilst most will instantly recognise this landmark and may have walked beneath its arches or watched runners in the final stages of the London Marathon as they enter The Mall, its place in history cannot be overstated.

Commissioned in 1901 in memory of Queen Victoria, for much of its working life the Arch was home to various senior elements of the Royal Navy (hence the name). Amongst the more notable included the likes of Sir Winston Churchill (1st Lord of the Admiralty), Earl Mountbatten (1st Sea Lord) and even Commander Ian Fleming (latterly of James Bond fame and who based much of his early work on his direct experiences conducting covert intelligence missions across the World). It is not an exaggeration to say that activity conducted within its hallowed walls has played a pivotal role in British history throughout the 20th Century.

Now vacated by the MOD, this landmark will receive a new lease of life, maintaining its status and prestige as a Great British landmark. A key element in the execution of the extensive construction works required was the installation of numerous concrete piles to support foundation works. Being highly experienced in the movement of such piling rigs in and around London and UK, Hallett Silbermann was the natural choice of Cementation Skanska. As an accredited haulier to Tideway, Crossrail and FORS Gold standard, our client was assured that they were in the best possible hands for the job.

The project involved the delivery and extraction of a 79 tonne Liebherr LB36 Piling Rig to site directly in front of Admiralty Arch. The job entailed multi-stage delivery via Hallett’s yard in Hatfield before undertaking the final stage to achieve a timed delivery. Being a CAT 3 STGO move and having to make the approach via The Mall, this meant having to pass as quietly as possible below HRH’s bedroom window in the early hours of a cold February morning. Taking this route also meant having to secure a Royal Park Pass; not an everyday occurrence.

Hallett Silbermann executed the task perfectly, deploying an escorted Euro 6 FH16 Volvo 8×4 STGO tractor unit in combination with the Broshuis 3+5 full rear steer, extendible Low Loader for the delivery. The extraction was completed with the same Low Loader but this time being hauled by the Euro 6 Scania R730 8×4 STGO tractor unit.

Best of British
It is perhaps pure chance that the concluding stage of this job was underway at just the moment that the UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. When combined with the iconic status of Admiralty Arch and the heritage of a one of the legends of UK Heavy Haulage, it comes as no surprise that this job should be considered a shining example of “Best of British”.

Hallett Silbermann
Right Place – Right Time – Capable – Compliant

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