Heavy Lift/ OOG / Project Cargo refers to the transportation of very large or very heavy pieces of equipment / machinery which due to their size or weight cannot be transported by conventional methods. They may need specialist lowbed trailers with multi axel combinations or heavy lift ships / barges or even aeroplanes and our job is to find the best combination of services to deliver the shipment in the most cost effective and safest way possible.
Managing Director, Mr Norman Wilkinson, describes a recent shipment:
"The Galmoy Project involved the disassembly of the lead and zinc processing plant at the Galmoy Mine in Kilkenny, and its delivery to the Northern Australian port of Darwin. Firstly, the plant had to be cleaned to Australian standards before it was allowed leave the site. It then had to be moved from the site to a covered facility where it was painted before moving it to the export quay.
Curtis & Lees Ltd were responsible for the road transport from the mine to the painting facility, the road transport from the painting facility to the export quay in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, the port agency and stevedoring and the supply of the heavy lift vessel the MV Beluga Houston on a part charter basis. Other functions included the fumigation of all the containers and the processing of all the documentation."
"We also managed the loading teams in Galmoy and at the painting facility and we were also responsible for the supply of a total of fifty five 'Shippers Owned Containers'. The longest item was 24m in length, widest item was just over 6m and the highest item was also just over 6m. The heaviest piece was 42,000kgs. The complete cargo was in excess of 5,500cbms plus the fifty five SOC's".
"This was a component part of a larger project shipment which was Out of Gauge (OOG), requiring heavy lift equipment. Over a two year period we arranged shipments of these cooling platforms from Ireland to various locations in Holland. The entire project involved over 200 trailer loads of structural steel and pipe work. Included in this were 30 cooling platforms with an average weight of 35,000 kilos measuring 11.90m (L) x 4.25m (B) x 3.65m (H)."
"They were all transported from Carlow in Ireland using low-loader equipment under escort with permits to Dublin Port, where we arranged the transfer of the cooling platforms from the low-loader trailers onto MAFI units for onward shipping to Rotterdam. Once discharged from the vessel in Rotterdam we arranged the transfer of the cooling platforms back onto low-loader road trailers, for the final leg of the journey by road to the Client's site."