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Cometto MSPE for heavy duty movements in Mali

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.

The « Wiesel », Kamag future-proof vehicle

The future-proof transport solution « Wiesel » will be presented by TII Group during the IAA Commercial Vehicle trade show, taking place from 20th to 27th September in Hanover. The new, ergonomically optimized cabin will be showcased with innovations such as an enlarged windscreen. Manufactured to handle the transport of swap bodies, containers dedicated to semi-modular transportation for road and rail, the vehicle can also move trailers and semi-trailers and requires low maintenance thanks to its  hydrostatic transmission. As explained by Jürgen Dire, Area Sales Manager and Responsible for « Wiesel » and « Truckwiesel » business activities at Kamag, the vehicle « make the intralogistics of our customers far more economical and efficient ».

Challenging 2,000km delivery route for Ale in Saudi Arabia

Ale has completed the delivery of two transformers, weighing 75t each, through a 2,000km route to Al Farsha Substation in the south west of Saudi Arabia. The main task of the heavy lifting contractor was to find a feasible solution for transporting the transformers to the power station as the route had never been attempted before. Ale has been the first company to provide the client with a solution, previous attempts had been made by other companies, but was deemed infeasible and only reached Baish, 700km from Jeddah. The final route selected presented many different challenges, such as traversing across 13 cities and towns, climbing to a high-altitude height of 2,500m, descending 1,500m downhill through mountainous passes, negotiating 21 tunnels, performing civil works and working in unpredictable bad weather conditions. Ale has completed this task within eleven days.

Collett & Sons delivered 13 cargoes in the heart of London

The manufacturer of fabricated steel props and trusses Allerton Steel appointed Collett to transport heavy materials for the Leicester Square Hotel construction. This delivery was very complicated as a result of versatile weather conditions in the center of London and by the traffic density. Altogether, seven 11t steel props measuring 19m long, 0,5m width and 0,5m high, and six 63t trusses of 20,5m long, 0,5m width and 3m high have been ferried to the site. Carrying cargoes that heavy and large entailed several difficulties in logistics and curfew.

After the initial delivery schedule for the props and several planning and coordination months among all those concerned, Collett & Sons teams have been delivered all the cargoes directly on site during seven days. The Middlesbrough-London journey took four days in January 2018 and the trusses have been transported during three days, shortly after mid February.

ALS wins logistics partner contract for the transportation of 1,185 wagons

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.

Extraordinary mining equipment transport in Kenya

The Bolloré Logistics Industrial Projects team in Kenya was contracted by a mining company Base Titanium Limited to provide customs clearance and Out of Gauge transportation for a massive piece of mining equipment from the port of Mombasa to the client’s site in Kwale, located approximately 53 km. Due to the size, the Projects Team formulated a Local Execution Plan to transport the 17-meter long and 6-meter wide equipment.

This plan involved a barge operation including crossing the Mombasa Island through Kilindini Harbour to Likoni, at the southern end of island from where the cargo would be transported by road. The equipment was discharged directly from the vessel onto a heavy-duty modular trailer already positioned on the barge. Due to the weight of the cargo , the barge was staged for 48 hours awaiting high tide to table the unloading of cargo. Afterwards a  dedicated ferry from the Kenya Ferry Services was used to tow the barge across the harbour to the Likoni side, followed by a transport by road.

On the site, the team used a combination of Enerpac and Hydraulic Jacks to lift the cargo and steel beams for support to securely offload the cargo.

A team of 20 Bolloré Logistics staff were involved during the actual operation.

Mammoet won a contract for Kuwait’s $4,3bn airport construction project

The Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has just contracted Mammoet to carry out the transport and installation of 804 concrete elements for a new $4,3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

This state-of-the-art terminal should expand the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf, increasing passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Mammoet’s task will be to install all the concrete elements of the terminal’s main structure, weighing between 200 and 360t. To complete the operations, Mammoet will use nine crawler cranes with capacities from 600 to 1600t and 72 axle lines of SPMT.

Cometto heading to space

Cometto (Faymonville Group) has just delivered a self-propelled electric trailer type EMT 4/4 to Europropulsion S.A, a company specializing in civil space activities, in French Guyana.

The project has been concluded in partnership with the Italian company Bisiach e Carrù SpA, one of the leaders in robotic activities. They were in charge of the horizontal assembly of the igniter and the nozzle of P120C (auxiliary solid rocket motor of Ariane 6 and the first stage of the Vega C launcher currently in development). The selected vehicle, a 4-axle self-propelled transporter with a load capacity of 40 tonnes, is designed on the basis of a standard unit of the EMT series, fully electric modular platforms for on-site heavy logistics. One of its main features is the hydraulic parallel-lifting system and the floating spheres support system with hydraulic centering system. 

The EMT 4/4 is equipped with an optical automatic guidance system with an infra-red cameras: the EMT series from Cometto can thus be controlled by remote control or with a self-driving AGV system.

Subsidiary of the Italian Avio and the French Arianegroup, Europropulsion S.A.  illustrates the cooperation of the two countries on civil space activities and ensures the development and production of large solid propellant rocket motors for the European launchers Ariane and Vega under the ESA (European Space Agency ) management with French and Italian funding.

Here are the 2018 Esta Awards winners !

On April 26th, Esta Awards ceremony took place in Hilton Charles-de-Gaulle Hotel and designated the ten 2018 winners :

Cranes, telescopic, lifting capacity up to 120 tonnes :

Schot Verticaal Transport

Cranes, telescopic, lifting capacity more than 120 tonnes :

Wagenborg Nedlift

Cranes, Lattice Boom :

Mammoet Europe

Transport Trailer and load under 120 tonnes GCW [gross combination weight] :


Transport Trailer and load above 120 tonnes GCW:

Kahl & Jansen

Combined Techniques :

Sarens B.V.

Safety :


Innovation End User :


Innovation Manufacturer :

Spierings Mobile Cranes – City Boy crane


Wagenborg Nedlift

The Gino Koster Award has been also given in memory of Benny Sarens, emblematic pioneer of the namesake business who past away in December 2017. The next ESTA awards ceremony will be on Thursday 11 April 2019 in Munich, Germany, during the Bauma construction equipment exhibition. More info coming on the next issue of the Move It Magazine.

First roro service in Africa for MSC and Haropa

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), specialized in international sea transport of containers, created a new roro service linking Haropa to Western Africa. This group made, with the company gathering Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports, the official inauguration of this new activity in Le Havre by the introduction of the MSC Immacolata. This roro ship, with a 6700 vehicles capacity, is 199m long and 32m width. With the MSC Cristina, ship with the same sizes, they will do bimonthly trips and will stop at Anvers, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan ports, before heading back to Le Havre. The African continent is well known by MSC, since the group is already settled in more than 40 countries. For its part, Haropa continues on its path about the roro sector, because in 2017 they had experienced a growth rate of 18% in this branch.

Picture: ©Eric Houri