AT Special Transport and Faymonville CombiMAX on the road in Estonia
60 kilometers seem like a stone’s throw, but a project by the Finnish specialists from AT Special Transport showcases how many challenges can be found there.
Three days are needed for the distance to move a 195 tons feedwater tank on 26 Faymonville CombiMAX axle lines.
The sight of the imposing combination acts as a magnet for on lookers. Residents and interested people marvel at the vehicle and take photos. But this time, there is a certain amount of tension among the team of 30 working on this transport. Jonas Ahola and his crew from AT Special Transport have a lot of experience with such projects, but the magnitude of this job is different. Jonas Ahola: “It is the biggest single transport yet for us.”
Weeks of detailed preparation lay behind him and his crew. “Many power and phone lines needed to be cleared. And it was a huge job to arrange train stoppage for three days and making the powerlines loose so they could be lifted enough.” Good teamwork between the different partners is the key to succeed with such tasks.
The trip with the tank starts in Jüri, where the manufacturer Estanc is located. It’s the largest container going out in Estanc’s history. The feedwater tank weighing almost 200 tons will be shipped to Uruguay, where the construction of one of largest pulp mill in the world is underway. The purpose of the tank is to remove corrosive oxygen and carbon dioxide from the water. This ensures a longer life for the plant’s steam-powered systems.
The first stage through Estonia is tricky and Jonas Ahola confirms that different transport steps had been simulated in advance. “The length of the convoy with pulling and pushing truck make the tight turns on roundabouts and other challenging crossings really demanding. By using simulations we can ensure that we will master these obstacles.”
Besides the height and the length, the weight also causes headaches. Jonas Ahola and the AT-team can rely on proven high-tech material with the 26-axle modular CombiMAX vehicle by Faymonville. “The route went through small roads because many of the bridges don’t take this weight. This means that also the small roads needed to be checked for bearing this weight. With the modular vehicle CombiMAX and its pendle-axles, we offer 12 tons of payloads per axle line to protect the ground properly.” A winning tool is a matching puzzle piece. “The combination was ideal for this project thanks to the easy setup and the low weight of the axle lines. The CombiMAX helps us to remain compact and managing the transport with less axle lines.”
When arriving safely in Paldiski, it is a confirmation for Jonas Ahola and AT Special Transport to be one of the upcoming players for such projects all over Europe, including shipping, handling, transport and installations. Faymonville is their trustful partner in this field. “Our projects seem to get bigger as we get more specialized equipment”, says Jonas Ahola who trusts in a powerful fleet of low loaders, lowbeds, flatbeds and modular trailer solutions by Faymonville.