Coastline transport for Van der Vlist

By Laura Hatton09 April 2014

The machine measured 11 metres long, 2.5 m wide and 3.4 m high and weighed 29 tonnes

The machine measured 11 metres long, 2.5 m wide and 3.4 m high and weighed 29 tonnes

Transport company Van der Vlist transported a trenching machine to the Humber Estuary on the Eastern coastline of the UK.

The 29 tonne trenching machine was required for a project to reconnect the Spurn point lighthouse to a mains electricity and water supply.

To transport the machine to the site, Van der Vlist travelled to a nature reserve in western France where the machine was located and loaded it onto a semi low loader. The trenching machine measured 11 metres long, 2.5 m wide and 3.4 m tall. Further equipment was required for the machine to complete the task ahead, so an additional semi-low loader was used to transport the remaining equipment to the UK.

Challenges during the journey included a tight time schedule, as the machine had to be delivered during low tide. Additional challenges along the route included narrow and winding roads.

On arrival at the site at the Humber Estuary, the machine was used to lay pipes down to connect the building to the mains electricity and water supply. Once the trencher had completed its task, Van der Vlist transported it, along with the other components, back to France.

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