Universal Transport handles the heavy electrical equipment at Brunsbuettel Elbe harbor in Germany

Universal Transport handles the heavy electrical equipment at Brunsbuettel Elbe harbor in Germany

Specialized transport service provider Universal Transport, based in Germany, won a contract to handle the loading of heavy electrical equipment at Brunsbuettel Elbe harbour in Germany.

The equipment, including a 261 tonne transformer and two 32 tonne radiator batteries, were loaded from a vessel onto specialized trailers using a floating crane. The transformer was 11.45 metres long, 3.83 m wide and 4.36 m wide. The batteries each measured 7.11 m long, 3.9 m wide and 4.36 m high.

The transformer was transported from Nuremberg, while the two radiator batteries were shipped from a loading point on the Main-Danube-canal.

On arrived at Brunsbuettel Elbe harbour, the transformer was lifted over the quay wall using a floating crane and loaded onto specialized trailers, a spokesperson said. The vehicle combination had a length of 52.4 m and was made up of a pull and push convoy with two 8 x 4-axle tractors and 18 modular axles, a spokesperson added. The total weight of the transport when loaded with the transformer was 400 tonnes.

The first of the radiator batteries was loaded onto a 3-axle towing vehicle coupled to a 4-axle semi-trailer. The second of the batteries was loaded onto a 3-axle towing vehicle coupled to a 5-axle semi-trailer.

Once loaded and secured the transformer and the batteries were transported to a voltage transformer substation. Along the route a bridge had to be reinforced with foundation slabs to allow safe transport of the cargo.

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