On the Spanish site of its aerospace industry partner Hyperloop Airtificial, the company of transport and innovative technology Hyperloop Transportation Technologies just unveiled its new passenger capsule named “Quintero One”. 35m long and weighing 5t, it is almost entirely built with Vibranium. This material (referring to the shield component of Captain America in the Marvel movies !), is a smart composite double layer especially engineered by the company initiated by Elon Musk in 2013. Its design has been elaborated together with Priestman Goode, a consulting agency based in London and China which won the gold medal of the London Design Awards 2017. It will be delivered in the Research and Development Center of Hyperloop in Toulouse, France, to be assembled and integrated to the system, which will enable to transport passengers and goods at very high speed. Dirk Ahlborn, co-founder and CEO of Hyperloop TT, also explained its company’s progress. “Within just five years, we improved and resolved all the issues caused by technology required by Hyperloop with our new levitation system, our vacuum pumps, our batteries and our smart composites. This capsule will be one of the most efficient transport systems ever developed.”
The heavy transport company Transmex, subsidiary of the Sonelgaz Group, has successfully transported a distillation column of refinery products. 42m long and 7m width, it weighed 216t. The entire convoy was 62m long, with a global weight of 400t. The item has been transported thanks to tractors in 8×4 and 6×6 axle combination, as well as SPMT of 26 axle lines, allowing a better load distribution and a greater stability. In Alger city, Transmex received the item in the port before crossing the center to reach the refinery in difficult weather conditions. This performance is a result of long engineering study and route optimisation bypassing all the civil engineering structures during the journey. This heavy unit has been transported for its client DB Schenker within the rehabilitation project of the Alger refinery, whose contracting supervisor is the oil giant Sonatrach. The full article is coming up in the next issue of Move It Magazine.
During the press conference held at this year’s IAA exhibition in Hannover, Wielton Group, the Polish manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and bodies, has announced the acquisition of the English company Lawrence David. In the first stage of the transaction, the Group will acquire 75% of its shares, with the remaining 25% within the next 4 years. The transaction was valued at GBP 26 million and will increase Wielton Group’s sales to approximately 20,000 vehicles a year.
Lawrence David is a British manufacturer of transport solutions with over 45 years of experience and a total capacity of approx. 23,000 vehicles a year.
“Thanks to the acquisition of Lawrence David, the Wielton Group is entering a stable and receptive market. For us, this acquisition is an opportunity to enrich the Group’s offer with the company’s unique products. Particularly noteworthy are the products from the last mile/home delivery line, which are widely used in the FMCG industry and the rapidly growing e-commerce sector. Another interesting product are the pillar-less curtain trailers that allow more efficient loading and faster transport. We expect that on more demanding markets, this product may partially replace traditional semi-trailers,” said Mariusz Golec, CEO of the Wielton Group.
Bolloré Logistics teams from Uganda and Kenya have collaborated to transport construction equipment items for a major project in Uganda. In 2015, Chinese Group Power China, whose subsidiary Sinohydro specialises in the construction of dams, began the construction of the Karuma power station, the first underground hydropower plant with a capacity of 600 MW. Located on the edge of the Nile, in northwestern Uganda, the country hopes to meet the growing demand for electricity with this project. In October 2016, Bolloré Logistics ensured the shipment of the trucks carrying the goods, as part of the contract including unloading and transport from the port of Mombassa (Kenya) to the Karuma yard (Uganda), 1,285 km in 12 days. As a part of the same contract, in 2018, the international transport and logistics specialist transported and unloaded a 98-ton container to the 15 km long and 450 m deep tunnel. The tricky part of this task was the accessibility and means of movement in a narrow tunnel with a inclination of about 12 degrees. Thank to the adapted solutions, such as the deployment of a rail system access, tilting of the container or the moving of trailers in reverse, the entire transport was carried out without accident. Today, 85% of the work has been completed and the project will be finished in 2019.
Nooteboom just won the Heavies Award of “Innovation of the year 2018” in category Trailer Medium Weight for its Manoovr semi-lowloader with excavator trough and 80t heavy duty ramps. This machine was special designed to transport big construction machinery with the most efficient way. It’s the second time in three years that Nooteboom has been awarded The Heavies Innovation of the year award.
PHOTO: ©Nooteboom – Director of Nooteboom UK, John Houghton
In August 2018, the french haulier Scalès took over a 210t Royal SGB-SMIT transformer through Isère and Rhône-Alpes region. To do so, it called on expertise of the German company Greiner, specialized in the manufacture of trailers and heavy transport solutions, which provided a transport system with high girder bridge. This “KBH 225” helped to go through the most narrow passages, mountain villages, particularly in narrow mountain villages where only a few centimeters between buildings and the transport train was available. The manufacturer realized a novel hydraulic-mechanical articulated arm extension, similar to a hinge system and acted as a bridge. It linked two trailers, with a 2×14 axle lines combination, a maximum load up to 225t and a 1,8m lift. The other particularity of this transport was the versatility of the bridge thanks to its modular conception. Retrofitted with z-girders, a low-girder version could be used during the journey. The full article is coming in the next issue of the Move It Magazine !
The heavy lifting and specialised transport company Mammoet and the SPMT and trailer manufacturer Scheuerle (member of the TII Group) have recently presented a new trailer system called Trailer Power Assist (TPA), designed to make heavy transport projects quicker and safer.
Manufactured by Scheuerle according to Mammoet’s specifications, the first TPA units were unveiled at a ceremony held at Scheuerle’s headquarters in Pfedelbach, Germany.
Each TPA trailer has a 1,000 horsepower diesel engine powering a hydraulic system, that results in a trailer with twice the pulling force of a convention prime mover unit but with no ballast requirements. According to the constructor the overall weight and length of transports will be reduced, thus lowering emissions and eliminating the need for multi-truck configurations.
“Trailer Power Assist is the most efficient, sustainable and cost-effective answer for the complex transport demands of large scale construction projects,” said Jan Kleijn, COO of Mammoet.
TPA transport solution is based on the self-propelled K25 modular platform vehicle which hydraulically drives four of the six axle lines by means of a Power Pack Unit (PPU). With a performance of 735 kW (1,000 hp) as well as a traction force of 400 kilonewtons, one vehicle in the version featuring a drive unit and a 6-axle platform trailer replaces two fully loaded heavy-duty truck tractors.
Designed for international transportation, the TPA has an assisted road speed up to 28km/h, which is up to 20 times faster than a self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT), as stated by Mammoet and Scheuerle. TPA’s hydraulic hub motors can be re-engaged to slow the load down hydrostatically, reducing wear and tear on its brakes, and provide the precision and control required to navigate narrow or winding sections of the route. According to the constructor, by reducing the overall weight of the transport – fewer trailers and less or no ballast – TPA improves fuel efficiency and, by reducing the overall length and number of powered units involved, TPA will reduce complexity, increase project safety and requires only one driver. TPA operates between -40C and +50C and is designed for transporting heavy modules to facilities in remote locations.
Established in Morocco since 2008, through its Rhenus Maroc subsidiary based in Tangiers, the German group Rhenus Freight Logistics (RFL) has seen the last five years an important development of its activities on the lines with this country. Indeed, Rhenus offers a wide range of transport and services between France and Morocco regardless of the sector of activity (industrial, event, hi-tech automobile, health and medical equipment …) From its platform in Aulnay- sous-Bois, where it has more than 4500 m2 of warehouses and 52 loading docks, RFL has set up weekly links to Morocco, via Spain, with transit times of 72 to 96 hours . It also has a large fleet of vehicles adapted to the loads: complete trucks (FTL), trucks with platform, trailers, transport of vehicles, etc. Rhenus can also offer its customers various exceptional convoys, with full or partial loads, to the ports of Casablanca and Tangiers. The company plans to make new expansions and openings in order to extend its network to this country.
The heavy lift and abnormal transport company Ale announced they carried successfully two « slug catchers » weighing 2008t between Spain and the Fadhili Gas Program Project site in Saudi Arabia. After crossing the Gijon city center and its narrow streets with 32 axle lines of SPMT going to the port, both items were loaded out on a self-propelled barge upon arrival at Jubail Industrial Port. Over there, they had been installed on 174 axle lines of SPMT in a configuration of 6 file 30 and 6 file 28 for a 90km journey towards Fadhili. Despite some narrow roads and sand encroachment, Ale managed to convey the « slug catchers » to the destination in time. All in all, Ale planned to deliver five « slug catchers » for the Fadhili gas project, which the three remaining will be transported by the end of this year.
International logistics specialist Marine Maroc, based in Casablanca, has recently used a four modular combinations of Cometto self-propelled trailers MSPE 40t in side-by-side configuration for heavy duty movements in Sub-Saharan Africa. This project involved the transport of six diesel engines each weighing 215t and six generators each weighing 72t for the power plant of Kayes in Mali. Marine Maroc handled this operation for its final customer Bolloré Logistics on behalf of BWSC Denmark.
“The MSPE convoy formed by eight axle lines has been side-by-side with other eight axle vehicles”, explains Daniel Delorme, the CEO of Marine Maroc. “We reached a platform wide of five meters and a payload of about 600t always assuring the safest transport conditions of the load. They were used for the final movement of the project to position the engines inside the power house on the job site, alongside the foundations.”
The Cometto MSPE is a part of their vehicle park since 2013. The semi-trailers manufacturer offers four interchangeable series of MSPE having capacities up to 70t per axle line for the newest MSPE Evo3.