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Machinery Equipment shipment to earthquake zone

First major project for UK demolition company

29th September 2011

The project team in Hull, UK organised the first export charter shipment of a demolition machine for UK demolition company Coleman & Company.

The Liebherr UHR telescopic demolition machine R984C featuring a 24 metre long, almost 5m high, 62T Kocurek telescopic demolition arm with attachments was shipped by a specially chartered vessel by ALS from Hull, UK at the end of August 2011 and is due to arrive in Lyttleton Port, Christchurch New Zealand in mid October 2011.

“It is believed that this will be the largest machine of it’s kind in the southern hemisphere”, said an ALS spokesperson.

To assess the potential shipping configurations and lashing and securing requirements ALS carried out a pre-shipment survey of the machine during its final UK operation.

As this particular shipment was extremely time sensitive shipment, and the only available heavy lift ship in position did not have heavy enough cranes to lift the cargo and a ro-ro option was not possible…. ALS’ Project Team suggested an alternative solution and worked with their client to arrange to split the main body of the machine into two parts.

The R984C Liebherr machine comprised of 8 sections and was lifted off the trailer onto the vessel with the ship’s crane.

ALS overcame strong wind conditions to ensure the tandem lift operation of the cargo onto the specialist heavy lift charter vessel was carried out safely and without damage to the machine which has a cargo value estimated at: £1,500,000!

ALS’ own in-house ships agency department facilitated all port state and operational control matters including Customs, Immigration, Port Health, Pilots, Tugs and Stevedores etc as well as hotwork permits for welding and lashing operations.

On leaving the UK the vessel’s route took in ports in Florida and subsequent passage through the Panama Canal to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Upon arrival in New Zealand the demolition machine will be used to assist the clean up operation in Christchurch following the New Zealand earthquake earlier in 2011.

For further information please contact:

Mrs Jill Peacock E-mail: Tel: +44 (0) 1482 796214