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Tight squeeze

The Van der Vlist group have shown they can operate in difficult conditions. Zwaar Transport Twente received a request before the end of the year to move a biogas generator, inside a container from the Nordrhein – Westfalen area of Germany to North Lincolnshire in the UK.

The container needed to be delivered to a farm in Crowle, when route surveys were conducted there were no problems with the movement of the 30 ton load, with reasonably manageable dimensions for oversized transport specialists of 15 metres long, 3.04m wide and 3.2m high, that was until only 1.5 kilometres before the destination, where there was a low bridge to pass under, with no space either side, and a very tight bend immediately afterwards.

The additional problem was that the bridge was grade 2 listed, meaning no alterations could be made in order to allow the cargo to pass under. However following 6 hours of feasibility studies, checking dimensions and exploring possibilities to get the container through involving Van der Vlist’s project management team, it was confirmed that it was possible.

The container was therefore collected by ZTT on a semi low trailer, and taken to Van der Vlist head office in Groot-Ammers, where it was moved onto a vessel bridge trailer for the rest of the journey, to make the overall height as low as possible. As it came to the bridge, the skill and control of the driver was tested in navigating the sharp bend after the bridge, as the project management team ensured that their plan to get the container under was successful, and after a slow and careful movement the container was taken through, and with a few inches to spare.

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