Bolk Transports Storage Tanks from Germany to Luxembourg by Road – Water – Road – Gallery
Four imposing storage tanks, 5.3m diameter and 20m long, were moved from Germany to Luxembourg by means of a combination of road-water-way using the special Bolk boiler bridges. In this way it was possible to drive under pipeline bridges with a height of five meters and forty. These boiler bridges were developed more than 30 years ago and have been continuously optimized ever since.
In the one-year preparation and implementation process, many different issues have to be taken into account, such as the tight delivery schedule due to the shutdown of the final customer’s chemical plant in Contern, Luxembourg.
During the project, semi low-loaders were used for pre-transport because of the sharp bends and roundabouts. During the final transport, boiler bridges were used to make use of their minimum ground clearance due to height restrictions on the road and on the factory grounds.
The peak tourist season meant that parking restrictions had been issued 48 hours in advance, cafes and restaurants had to move their terraces and traffic was diverted.
Finally, the very dry summer season and low water levels in almost all canals and rivers had to be taken into account. The possibility of transhipment of the tanks and access to the route to the factory were also decisive for the choice of port.