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ALS handles huge pile driver

October 11 - Global project specialists - ALS (Freight Management Group)'s - European project teams have worked together with their South American partners to successfully deliver a crawler crane, described as being "the biggest pile driving machine ever

This versatile machine, which can be used to lift cargoes weighing more than 250 tonnes, as well as a pile driving machine, has a total freight volume of 800 cu m and required the shipment of some pieces weighing over 65 tonnes (pictured below).

ALS (Freight Management Nederland) BV's road transport team in Moerdijk, the Netherlands arranged for the machine to be dismantled into 50 pieces which were then transported loose or packed in cases, crates or bundles.

The ALS team arranged for suitable special trailers, as well as necessary lifting equipment to be in place for the operation, and made sure that they could be adapted to handle a range of scenarios including: factory collection, mobilisation of cranes, positioning of trucks and trailers and delivery to outgoing seaport for loading on to ship.

ALS' project specialists were on hand 24/7 to supervise the entire operation, involving an independent marine cargo surveyor requested by ALS' client. The company's ocean projects team arranged a heavy lift vessel which carried the cargo from Holland to Itajai port in Brazil.

The crane will be used at the port of Itajaí for pile driving works required for the port's offshore infrastructure.

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