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Great use of SPMT saves customer 12k

ALS team arrange lifting, delivery and installation of a 110t Winch from Wallsend to Telford, United Kingdom.

ALS UK Intl., Hull planned and managed the handling and transport of the winch, measuring L:8.39m x W:5.15m x H:4.30m with a weight of 110,000kg.

23rd October 2014

The winch had been partially decommissioned on site in Wallsend and stored on concrete blocks set 1m off the ground and 3m apart. Initially loading was to be carried out using a 500t crane; however the ALS team devised a more cost-effective solution and used a SPMT (self propelled modular trailer) to load-out the winch.

The SPMT was positioned between the concrete blocks and self-loaded by using its trailer hydraulics. The concrete blocks were removed and the SPMT was used to move the winch to another position within the yard at Wallsend to provide more space, and off-loaded to supports wide enough to enable the road going vehicle (a 5 bed 5 modular low loader) to position itself underneath. The vehicle then utilised its own trailer hydraulics to self-load from the supports.

Dimensions for the road transport, including the carrying vehicle, were L:35.00m x W:5.20m x H4.95m bringing the total gross weight to 180 tonnes.

A Be16 Special Order was required from the Highways Agency for this movement and arranged by WWL ALS. Several items of street furniture were removed/replaced en route and a police escort was required from Northumbria Police. On arrival at Telford the winch was again transferred from road transport to the SPMT, which was used to place the winch on to its final operating position within the client’s factory. The task was successfully completed and delivery accomplished within 3 days.

By devising the SPMT loading/unloading solution, WWL ALS were able to provide their client with a cost saving of approx £12k.

The client stated that ***“it made the job look easy – a very impressive piece of kit”***

For further information please contact:

Katrina Coatsworth – Marketing Assistant
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 796214