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May 2016 – Multimodal transport of heat exchangers

A fascinating, multimodal (applying various transport modes) project was executed by the Züst & Bachmeier subsidiary in Düsseldorf, part of the Universal Transport family, at the beginning of the year.

It dealt with the transport of heat exchangers for a power plant from Hamm to Karlsruhe. The largest of the four heat exchangers had, weighing 228 tons, a length of app. 16 metres, a breadth of 5.60 metres and a height of 4.30 metres.

From Hamm the heat exchangers in a first step were transported by road to the inland port of Münster. After loading onto a vessel the route led to the south via inland waterways till the port of Karlsruhe. On site two mobile cranes, weighing 500 tons, were at hand in order to unload the heavy load onto the heavy load lorries being ready.

The big challenge of the final leg was primarily to rotate three of the four heat exchangers along their own longitudinal axis prior to departure of the transport. This was the only way to pass a railway line situated on the transport route. After successful execution the freight arrived safely at the power plant.

The realisation of this transport shows one more time the importance of the application of various transport modes during the transport of project loads of this scale.