February 27 - It's not often that you see a naval vessel travelling overland, so the haulage of a former minesweeper, weighing 206.5 tonnes, by Nurminen Logistics made for interesting and unusual viewing on the roads of Finland last month.
Nurminen Logistics transported the 37 m long ship from the inland city of Tampere, Finland to Pori harbour, Finland, by road, which, although the two cities are only 124 km apart, took 28 hours as a result of the massive total dimensions of the transport: 44 m long, 6.6 m wide and 8.2 m high, as well as some typically challenging Finnish winter weather (pictured below).
Having carefully checked the route in advance, Nurminen Logistics used a 680hp turbine-driven 4-axle MAN truck, with a Goldhofer 10-axle modular trailer for the movement.
The former minesweeper, now known as Guardboat 55, will operate as a cruiser from Helsinki harbour.
Nurminen Logistics is a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network.