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.
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 installedon 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.
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 itshydrostatic 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 ».
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.
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.
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.