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Helping to cement a reputation

Following a winter of flooding in the UK, many businesses have found themselves needing new equipment after the damage caused. A cement factory in northern Lincolnshire was one of these, as they needed to replace sections of its cement kiln.

Two new kiln shell sections had to be collected from Magdeburg, Germany. The diameter of 4m coupled with the length of 19,7m on the longer piece meant that a vessel bridge trailer was needed in Germany to comply with regulations, this was then transhipped on an 8 axle semi low trailer for the UK leg of the journey. The smaller piece with the same diameter but only 2m long, was turned and loaded onto a euro low loader for the full journey.

After a smooth journey to Rotterdam and sailing to Killingholme port in the UK, the hardest part of the journey was encountered for the larger of the two sections. With narrow roads just south of the Humber bridge the 64 000kg kiln section was carefully navigated through the surveyed roads, with a private escort car to guide it.

Both sections arrived safely after careful driving on the local roads to be lifted into place on the cement factory site, hopefully these sections will not need replacing again for a while.

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