The Sitarail project of Bolloré Transport & Logistics awarded by AIFA

At the second edition of Africa Investments Forum & Awards (AIFA), Bolloré Transport & Logistics won the trophy for the best project in “port, airport and railways infrastructure” category. The ceremony was held at the Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris in the presence of Eric Melet, Chief Development Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics and CEO of Bolloré Railways. The Sitarail project involves the acquisition of “new rail equipment and complete renovation of the railway between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso,” as stated in the press release from the company. In total, 600 million euros should be invested, including 250 between 2019 and 2023. The Sitarail project will provide direct or indirect employment and reinforce exchanges between Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali.

Sarens orders 92 new Goldhofer axle lines

This outstanding order consists of 68 THP/SL and 24 PST/SL axle lines as well as four 280 PS PowerPacks. It is destined for one of the largest oil projects in the world, in Kazakhstan. Sarens is responsible for the entire logistics from 2017 until 2020 for over € 450 million, the largest contract in the history of the Belgian group.

With a modular design, the THP/SL modules can be configured in all required combinations, while the variable wheelbases and a wide range of accessories enable them to handle loads of varying shapes and sizes. They are also distinguished by their robustness. The PST/SL modules have a tractive force of 160 kN per axle line and are particularly suitable for use in combination with the THP/SL.

The four PowerPacks from Goldhofer provide the necessary propulsion for particularly bulky and heavy plant components.

“Goldhofer was the only heavy-duty module manufacturer who could guarantee punctual delivery of high-grade axle lines in a such a quantity within such a short time. As a result we were able to meet our contractual obligations towards our client, and Goldhofer was able to consolidate its position as a long-serving transport technology partner of the Sarens Group,” said Jan Sarens, Equipment Trade Officer of the Sarens Group.

This order increases the size of its Goldhofer fleet to a total of more than 300 axle lines.

South African P&L extends its fleet with a new 6-axle Faymonville trailer

P&L Machine Moving and Rigging, based in South Africa, has recently added a new 6-axle MultiMAX semi-trailer from Faymonville to its fleet. The fully steerable trailer on hydraulic suspensions is equipped with timber floor, outriggers and hydraulic double ramps, which reduce the drive-on angle for any type of machinery. Thanks to its extendedly loading deck, the MultiMAX  semi-trailer will be used for P&L’s abnormal transport and rigging activity.

“We are looking forward to putting this trailer to work and excited to keep building a strong partnership with Faymonville,” said Gareth Lucas from P&L Machine Moving and Rigging.

Air Partner carries airport equipment from Czech Republic to Libya

The British group Air Partner, supplying global aviation services, has recently completed a cargo flight to transport airport equipment from the Brno-Tuřany airport in Czech Republic to Al Abraq International airport in Libya. The cargo weighing 1,100kgs contained of radio communication equipment, weather stations, antennas, runway lighting equipment for the ongoing work to update Libya’s airport infrastructure. Air Partner successfully arranged a non-stop charter flight on an Antonov An-26. Mike Hill, Director of Freight, Air Partner stated : “we were pleased to complete this important flight as a significant step in the renewal of airport services in eastern Libya.”

In Dubai, Al Faris transports world’s biggest buoy on 16 axle lines of Goldhofer SPMT

The heavy lifting and transport specialist Al Faris has recently completed the loading and transportation of a turret type buoy, one of the biggest and heaviest buoy in the world to be carried on road, from Dubai to Jebel Ali Port. The load, weighing 455t with a 18.3m diameter and 16m height, was transported using 4 files of 16 axles Goldhofer SPMT (self-propelled modular transporter) and was loaded by the self-jacking system of the trailer. The biggest challenge during the transportation was maneuvering the SPMT with the load in narrow routes, bottles necks and sharp turns as well as significant diversions and managing temporary traffic routes.

Launch of the new “Quintero One” capsule of Hyperloop !

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.”

Transmex transports a huge distillation column through Alger

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.

Wielton Group acquires English company Lawrence David

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 transports for the Karuma Dam in Uganda

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 received Heavies Award for “Innovation of the year 2018” in category Trailer Medium Weight

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