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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