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Big CATs in Zeebrugge

Some big CATs have been seen leaving Van der Vlist’s Zeebrugge site, the CAT 777F dump trucks have been stored there for a while, and needed to be shipped across to Port Hueneme in California, USA for Caterpillar Used Equipment Services International (CUESI).

As an approved Caterpillar centre, Van der Vlist’s Belgian site is used to storing these types of machines, and maintaining them over time before delivering them across Europe, and worldwide. The 777F dump truck is a particularly big machine, with dimensions of 10m long x 6.1m wide x 5.1m high, and a weight of 73 000 kg.

Because of it’s size, for the short movement from the Van der Vlist Zeebrugge site to the vessel at Bastenakenterminal, not only was a modular vessel bridge required, but also the front wheels had to be removed. The removal of the wheels was in order to reduce the height, meaning that it could be transported safely underneath the local overhead train cables. This was based on a route survey carried out prior to the movement.

Having moved the vehicle at night to avoid traffic, the wheels were then re-attached to the machine on quay before it departed for the United States, where they will be used on construction sites across California.

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