Industrial bullets transported internationally
By Christian Shelton04 August 2020
Italian heavy lift and transportation specialist Fagioli has transported four industrial bullets from Italy to Croatia. The bullets were up to 80 metres in length. Two weighed 460 tonnes and the other two weighed 350 t. The job comprised loading the bullets onto barges in Italy and then loading them out in Croatia. The following video gives an insight into the scale of the job…
Key to the successful completion of the job was the use of MSPE self-propelled trailers from Italian trailer manufacturer Cometto. For the 350 t bullets a configuration of 12 + 12 axle lines in side-by-side configuration was used. For the 460 t bullets eight axle lines an open-compound configuration with bolsters was used. This comprised a front convoy of 6 + 6 axles in a side-by-side combination, plus a rear convoy of 8 + 8 axles in a side-by-side configuration. These were used for both the load-in and load-out.
Load-in required Fagioli to position the bullets onto a dedicated barge whilst also conducting the necessary ballasting operations. Once in position, the four elements were then transported by sea to Croatia.
After the bullets were loaded-out in Croatia they were transported up a steep hill with tight bends. Once at their final destination the bullets were temporarily stored on dedicated stands before being moved into the client’s premises for final installation using a gantry lifting system.
“The Cometto self-propelled trailers type MSPE worked perfectly well during the challenging transport of the four bullets, supporting the Fagioli team to the successful project completion,” commented Giovanni Pescatori, Fagioli sales engineer.