Heavylift / Breakbulk
Those fiddly little details
The complexity of project cargo is not only underestimated in the mechanical engineering industry, but often among shippers too. Günther Jocher, from Group7 in Munich, spoke to the ITJ about time windows, customs, coverage amounts and other challenges.
Transporting lock gates in Panama – Gigantic dimensions
The construction of new locks in the Panama Canal has repeatedly been in the headlines recently. The transport of the first gates from the maritime terminal to the building site was an outstanding event – quite literally.
Largest one for longest route
The only Antonov 225 ever to have been built recently flew across the Atlantic as part of a huge heavylift project. The weight of the cargo, a 139 t heat exchanger and its accessories, meant that no other mode of transport was possible.
Integration the key to success
The German company Integrated Project Services is a global project logistician with a special focus on transporting plant equipment and machinery. With the dispatch of a converter to the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago, the firm handled one of its biggest single transport...
No British understatement
Longer, wider, heavier – this version of the Olympic motto applies to heavylift equipment more than ever before. The British provider Collett recently took delivery of a rather special vehicle – a side-girder deck that is capable of transporting 550 t. One of the company’s...
Two titanic performances
Two Boeing B747 freighters operated by the US provider Atlas Air caused quite a stir in Southeastern as well as Central Europe recently. While a B747-8F made its first landing in Stuttgart, a B747-400F transported cargo for the Greek shipping industry.
A well-prepared route
34 nations supply components to the Iter project, a nuclear fusion reactor in the Cadarache research centre (see page 22 of the Heavylift Special in ITJ 45-46 / 2013). A second three-night pilot shipment for Iter, with a 600 t test load, has now been successfully completed in...
A «Love Story» in Strasbourg
In March a convoy with highly unusual dimensions transported a large General Electric turbine with a capacity of 510 MW from GE’s Belfort works to the inland port of Strasbourg. GE stated that this heavy goods transport represented a record for its Belfort works. One leg of the...
Flexibility a standard specification
The range of heavylift vehicle types that hits the roads every year is as broad as the number of different legal stipulations that apply to their operation in different countries. Now Scheuerle has introduced a new vehicle concept for a US client.
«An alternative with added value»
Initially it seemed as if 2013 would bring a minor improvement to shipping lines in the heavylift and project cargo segment. In the meantime, however, it has emerged that such optimism was a little premature. Things may get better towards the end of the year, however, as...