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Special Wheel loaders to Poland

Van der Vlist has been awarded with the order of transporting some exceptional machines for Bergerat Monnoyeur in Poland. As Poland’s official Caterpillar dealer since 1997, Bergerat Monnoyeur has moulded its network to mirror the country’s developing growth, in terms of sales, product support and equipment rental.

Van der Vlist is proud to provide the oversize transport services to help over 300 Bergerat Monnoyeur employees over the whole Polish territory, to serve customers in the public works, road, construction, utilities and landscaping. As part of this, a major Polish steel works recently ordered in four special wheel loaders, designed specifically for use in extremely high temperatures in their iron works. These CAT 988H machines can incredibly work in conditions up to 600 °C.

The machines had to be shipped into Europe from the United States. Having been brought in to Antwerp, Van der Vlist were charged with delivering the 4 large vehicles together. Because of the height, and the extra time in producing the specialist wheels, the machines were transported without the wheels and tyres, which will be moved separately. Even with the wheels removed though they still measured 10.3m x 3.6m x 3.81m and weighed 44.1 Tonnes each. Therefore the movement required police escorts as they moved through Germany and into Poland, as well as the private escorts provided by Van der Vlist, which were there throughout the journey.

The 2 convoys of 2 trucks required different equipment from the Van der Vlist fleet, using 4 and 5 axle trucks, and 4 axle trailers as well as a 6 axle modular trailer, to accommodate the weight of the cargo. These convoys moved across Europe for 3 days before reaching their destination, near Katowice in the south of Poland.

For more information about Van der Vlist’s operations in Poland please call +48 61 886 23 00 or email

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