November 25 - South Africa's road system saw significant high and heavy movements handled by ALE Heavylift SA.
The project materials handler was contracted to receive and transport a 145 tonne transformer from the port of Durban to the Kariba Power Station in Zambia just north of the Kariba dam wall (pictured below).
The transformer was received onto a 11 axle Cometto trailer by means of the ship's gear. ALE then transported the transformer via the abnormal B-route through Rustenburg, Botswana and Namibia to the site where the transformer was offloaded.
Meanwhile, ALE Heavylift SA transported and offloaded multiple wind turbine blade moulds at the port of Cape Town. The largest mould weighed 42.7 tonnes and measured 52 m. These moulds are the first of their kind in South Africa.
The mould was loaded onto a 3 axle extendable steerable trailer and a 12 axle Goldhofer self-propelled trailer with two turntables, one on each trailer. ALE then moved the mould without any difficulty from J-Berth in the Cape Town Multi-Purpose Terminal to workshop 24, a distance of around 1.5km.
A 184-tonne absorption tower was handled by ALE Heavylift SA from Richards Bay port to the Omnia Fertilizer plant in Sasolburg, South Africa.
The tower was received on two 16 axle-line, three-file conventional trailers by means of the ship's gear. ALE then transported the tower via the abnormal route through Swaziland to the site.
Another ALE Heavylift SA operation saw the successful loading and transport of a 350-tonne transformer from Matimba Power Station, close to Ellisras, Limpopo Province, South Africa to the Medupi Power Station, near Lephalale also in Limpopo province, South Africa where it was installed.
The transformer was loaded onto a 12-axle Goldhofer trailer with the four-Post Hydraulic Gantry System.