July 12 - Heavy equipment manufacturer Nicolas - a division of the TII Group - has supplied an ESPT-H self-propelled transporter to Odebrecht Defesa e Tecnologia shipyard in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The ESPT-H has a 20 tonne payload at only a 9.5 tonne dwt. It has been designed to operate for up to eight hours, independent of any power supply. It measures 8 m long and 2.5 m wide and has a steering angle of 220 degrees, for increased manoeuvrability. Each axle line is capable of loading 14.75 tonnes. It also features a sophisticated radio control systems for added flexibility.
The unit features an electro-hydrostatic drive system, which operates with little noise and with minimal greenhouse emissions.