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Lighting the house

Van der Vlist were recently asked to be involved in a project to help a landmark on Spurn point, in the Humber estuary on the Eastern coastline of the UK.

The Spurn point lighthouse had previously been cut off without electricity or water supplied out to it, and it was Van der Vlist’s job to bring in a trenching machine, which would lay the pipes down to connect the building to mains electrics and water.

The machine, the only one of it’s kind in the world, had to be collected in western France, and taken all of the way out to the nature reserve, where the roads turn into tracks and start to become very narrow and winding. At 11m long, 2,5m wide, 3,4m high and 29 000kg the machine was taken on a semi low loader, and was followed by a second semi low loader carrying various parts which the machine required for this job.

The delivery had to be prompt, in order to coincide with the lowest tide in months, meaning the machine could be trenching as far out into the estuary as possible for maximum effectiveness. Following the operation, Van der Vlist were then asked to return and collect the machine along with it’s parts to return to France.

For more information about Van der Vlist’s operations in the UK, please call +44 1482 210 100 or email office.uk@vandervlist.com

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