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Telescopic delivery

Recently Van der Vlist took a trip to the largest telescope in Europe. The telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Southern Russia needed a few parts delivering.

Collecting the 3 pieces in St Petersburg, they needed to be taken the 2 500 km from north to south. Because of their size; up to 6,58m long and 4,28m wide, they required a police escort for the full journey to ensure safe passage, particularly through the narrow roads near to the destination, where the convoy had to slow to a crawl to safely continue.

The parts were shipped across to St Petersburg from Germany, where they were manufactured, and Van der Vlist collected them from the port for the long southbound journey. For the final few metres, extra assistance was required to negotiate a steep incline leading to the telescope. Extra tractors were brought in to give more power towing the parts, the heaviest of which weighed 23 156 kg.

Having overcome the obstacles and distance, the parts were safely delivered to help the research that the huge telescope is conducting to continue.
For more information about Van der Vlist’s services in Russia, please email info@vandervlist.com or call +7 812 334 0190.

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