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Trade fairs/Special transport

Heavy-load transport Dortmund - Hattingen

Arriving in good condition is important for heavy-load transport. Traveling at two and a half kilometers per hour from Dortmund to Hattingen.

Speed is usually of the essence for transportation. But for special transport the primary goal is to ensure that the goods arrive safely and in good condition. The work is often a question of millimeters.

In the case of heavy-load transport, planning for the vehicles and the route to take, along with obtaining special permits and police approval, can often take several weeks. The special transport experts at
Schenker Deutschland AG in Hagen had a very particular job to do in August 2012. Parts of a vertical lathe had to be transported from the Dortmund harbor to clients in Hattingen. The size of the machine parts to be transported was a challenge, even for experience pros like Karl Hammerschmidt, head of Special Transport at the Hagen office. Four vehicles were used: Two 20-axle trucks, one 14-axle and a sloping loader transported the seven-and-a-half meter long machine parts to the designated location.
The trucks that were used had a width of up to 750 meters, a height of up to 5.55 meters and they each weighed up to 135 tons. The machine parts that were transported were up to 17.40 meters long.

Special transport is team work
You are never alone when transporting a heavy load. The police, for example, are there – especially for something so heavy as in this case – and there is also a complete team whose team members are in permanent radio contact with each other for managing, regulating and coordinating the transport. The Dortmund-Hattingen team has a factory truck, a truck-mounted aerial platform so that traffic lights can be moved and put back in place along the route, and a tow truck to move cars that are blocking the route despite the no parking signs along the way. "Of course, we put all the cars back where we found them. This is totally legal and with the agreement of the police officers who travel with us," Hammerschmidt said. Along the way the truck had to go around a  freeway bridge that was too low for the truck on a specially built construction road. When they came to another freeway bridge, the technical team added two axles to one of the vehicles to meet the static capacity of the bridge.

Sometimes the unexpected happens
"Despite all the planning there can be obstacles along the route that no one had foreseen. The best preparation is to be ready for everything," Hammerschmidt said. In this case a steel pipe bridge that was part of a construction site was lying across the transport route. This bridge had been set up just shortly before the transport was planned. The bridge was too low and narrow to go under it. So two cranes were organized to go ahead of the transport convoy to lift the bridge just enough so that the special transporter could go under it unimpeded. When the truck came to a furniture store that straddled the highway between Bochum and Dortmund there were only two centimeters of space between the truck and the building. Karl Hammerschmidt: "In a situation like this the truck moves forward very slowly. If we hit something, that'd be a major problem!“ It took 13 hours to travel the 32-kilometer route. "We're not trying to a set speed record," Hammerschmidt said. "The most important traits that a heavy load team has to have are not only professionalism and experience, but also strong nerves and patience," he said. And that's exactly what the special transport experts at Schenker Deutschland AG have! 

Last modified: 08.06.2016

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