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United Kingdom

300 T Cable Drum Transport Challenge

WWL ALS UK International Limited’s

project team in

Hull, East Yorkshire, UK, supported by their in-house

chartering and ship’s agency department ,recently ar-

ranged the door to door transportation of the heaviest

load ( with a combined vehicle weight of 534 T ) to leave

steel rope manufacturer Brunton Shaw in Worksop.

The 300T reel of OCEANMAX steel wire rope manu-

factured by Brunton Shaw and destined for the Gulf of

Mexico, was transported fromWorksop to Goole dock-

side by road.

Preparations for the loading included a jacking and

skating operation and a trailer configuration build, which

took a total of 5 days to complete.

The journey began with the combined length of one

tractor unit pulling, the girder set and two pushing units

taking the trailer length to 90 m with a total of 292


The load left the Brunton Shaw manufacturing plant

under police escort, on its 67 kilometre overnight jour-

ney to the port, which took a little over 9 hours, travelling

at an average speed of 11 km/h (7 mph).

For such a technically complex move, it takes months

of planning and preparation, with route surveys being

undertaken and arrangements having to be made with

the Highways Agency, Police Forces and with relevant

councils to remove street furniture on local roads to

allow the cargo to make its trip.

A section of the journey involved the closure of the

M62 motorway, with the trailer having to be driven in

contraflow to the normal traffic direction.

Upon arrival at Goole Port, the reel was unloaded

onto heavy duty stools to enable the use of a self-pro-

pelled modular trailer (SPMT), brought in at a later date

to manoeuvre the cargo alongside the vessel for dis-

charge by a 1,000 T mobile crane.

A dedicated short sea vessel was organised by WWL

ALS to ship the reel to a heavy lift terminal in Holland.

The WWL ALS project team arranged for the reel to be

offloaded by floating crane, where it was subsequently

loaded to a heavy lift ocean going vessel for transpor-

tation to the US in the Gulf of Mexico.

The WWL ALS team provided all of the loading,

lashing and securing including marine and warranty

survey. Force and weight spreading calculations were

necessary due to the extremely high point weight load-

ing on the deck.


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