Sarens transports Foxtrot submarine for recycling

06 April 2020

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A Cold War-era Russian submarine in the Netherlands has moved a step closer to being scrapped.

The Foxtrot submarine was built in 1956 in Riga and became part of the Russian fleet. In 1991 the discarded vessel was taken to the Netherlands by a group of entrepreneurs from Den Helder. The municipality of the area decided to stow the rusting submarine in Vlaardingen where it will now be scrapped. 

Sarens was commissioned by Struijk Groep to perform the load-in and transport of the submarine measuring 90 metres long and weighing 1,500 tonnes. The team deployed Kamag 2400ST transporter, custom-built stools and sheerlegs. The equipment was moblised onsite in two days and was set up in another two days. Heavy rain made the mobilisation challenging but it was safely completed in time.

The load-in of the submarine from the barge was performed using self propelled modular transporter (SPMT). The submarine was transported using 26 axle lines. The SPMT was positioned on the barge and the submarine was loaded using the sheerlegs. According to KAM, Wesley van Gameren, “We are proud to be part of this prestigious project!”

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