The Blackpool Zoo, located in the seaside resort of Blackpool in the north of England, has purchased a Bobcat T590 compact track loader for its new Project Elephant, a state-of-the-art pavilion that has been built to house a breeding herd of Asian Elephants. Thanks to the low ground pressure and stability of the tracked undercarriage, the new T590 has proved to be the right machine for working on the deep fine sand that covers a large part of the floor surface of the new elephant enclosure.
“The machine will be used for hay and straw unloading, feed deliveries and moving animal crates, grounds work in the animal paddocks and clearing out animal bedding as well as maintenance work around the Zoo ground,” says Zoo’s Head Keeper, Luke Minns.
The operation involved receiving six crew boats, 22-meter long, less than 6-meter wide and 9-meter high, from Ex Works a shipyard in Singapore, to the specially chartered heavy lift vessel. Each crew boat had to be transported on their cradle, with a total weight of 45 tons. The main challenge for Bolloré Logistics Singapore was to meet the very short deadlines for the preparation of operations and the coordination between the various stakeholders.
As the boats could not be “self-navigated” in Singapore waters and could not be wet-towed by local tugs from the shipyard to the chartered vessel, Bolloré Logistics Singapore had to mobilize the barges which allowed a load out in a very narrow location.
Although the preparation took place very shortly before loading, Bolloré Logistics Singapore was able to quickly mobilize its teams of specialists. They have come up with a large number of innovative solutions which were then offered to the customer. Once the plans were fixed and agreed, the entire operation was smooth and the vessels were loaded without delay or Lost Time Injury (LTI).
The English transport company ALS has participated in the project to transport 1,185 wagons from Poland to Saudi Arabia. The cargo, was divided into three types of wagons with dimensions of L:14.35 m x W:3.20 m x H: 4.50 m for a weight of 30 t each. They were transported by rail from the Polish factory to the port of Gdansk before making the trip by sea to Saudi Arabia. Arriving at Dammam, the wagons were loaded via a ramp onto specially prepared roll trailers with embedded rails, then lashed and secured for the sailing to their final destination. The entire project lasted 20 months.
Located in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, the crane service provider Wiesbauer just acquired their first Demag AC 55-3 all terrain crane. This new machine will be delivered in Plankstadt, where the Rhein Neckar branch of the company is based. « We mainly purchased the AC 55-3 for use in the construction of cellars, prefabricated houses, and lifting ventilation equipment », explained Norman Weitzel, Managing Director of the branch.
The three-axle AC 55-3 has been launched in March 2018. Its telescopic main boomreaches 50m and it has a lifting capacity of 55t. With a width of 2,55m and a 12t axle load limit capacity, the AC 55-3 can also be configured for an axle load limit of 10t if required.
Malta Freeport Terminals recently ordered fifteen Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantries to the Finnish manufacturer. Equipped with Konecranes technologies such as Auto-steering, Stack Collision Reporting and Auto-TOS Reporting features, “ they will stack 1-over-6 containers high and 6 rows plus truck lane wide “, according to the manufacturer. The first ones will be delivered at the end of the year and the others in spring 2019.
The American Southeastern and Caribbean Island company Renegar-Driggers, distributor of the Terex Cranes company, will « add six new Demag all terrain cranes to its inventory » as mentioned by the manufacturer. Among these machines, there are one 100t capacity AC 100-4L, two 160t capacity AC 160-5 models and three 220t capacity AC 220-5 units. The delivery will be done over the next several months.
On the regional express train (TER) project linking Dakar to Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass (50km), the Eiffage Group entrusted Bolloré Logistics with the shipment and delivery of two tampers (railway machines used to position the tracks).
Both machines, which are 19 meters long, 3 meters wide, 4 meters tall and weight 75 and 64 tons respectively, were unloaded by the teams from the Dakar Terminal company in early January 2018.
Then, Bolloré Logistics used two 200 t cranes to transfer these tamping machines from the MAFI trailers at the port to the tank transporters provided to transport the machines. A special convoy, composed of a 120-ton tank transporter, a six-wheel heavy load tractor and a hydraulic trailer, was set up to make the delivery within two days.
The delivery took place at two sites, the Dakar train station and the town of Bargny, located 30 km from Dakar. Through close collaboration with the handling teams of the Dakar Terminal and members of the project follow-up committee and thanks to the support of the Eiffage Rails teams, who have put in place specific devices to facilitate the accessibility of transport and lifting equipment, the operations could be conducted with full success.