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4300 ton load to St Maarten

The Van der Vlist Group have recently been involved in a project to move large concrete beams to the island of St Maarten in the Dutch Antilles. The beams are to be used to build a bridge connecting the eastern part of the island to the airport crossing the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The construction of the 700 metre long causeway is being undertaken by contractor Volker Construction.

The Van der Vlist Terminal at Moerdijk executed the unloading from truck to both quay and storage of the beams and then reloaded them to vessel under portal crane on behalf of IFC who were coordinating the loading and shipment for the project.

In total, there were 115 concrete beams each at 20 metre in length. With each one weighing in at 30 ton and combined with a variety of other cargo, a total load of 4300 ton was transferred to quay by Van der Vlist extendible flat trailers and loaded to the MV Arne.

As the planning for the eastern connection of the bridge crossed an area of mangrove, it was essential that Volker Construction consulted with the St Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and the nature Foundation of St Maarten prior to commencing the works. It was apparent that there were approximately 100 mangrove trees that needed protecting so the decision was made to relocate them from the Port de Plaisance area to one of the nature foundations reserves where they will be kept until they can be replanted around the new causeway once it is completed.

The project is now well under way with the causeway taking shape; it is currently on schedule with completion expected at the end of 2013.

Van der Vlist were chosen due to the delicate nature of the cargo as a trustworthy partner with a perfect facility for the project. For more information about the Van der Vlist Terminal at Moerdijk , please contact +31 168 356 535 or email r.vandewal@vandervlist.com

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