Goldhofer modules used for 300t load move

13 November 2019

Portuguese special transport company LASO Transportes has used Goldhofer THP/SL heavy-duty modules to transport a 70m long and almost 300t heavy metal component from Vale de Cambra to the port of Le├ža da Palmeira, some 60km away.

In normal conditions, a car driver would reach the port in just over an hour. The heavy transport of a power plant component weighing almost 300t over this distance, on the other hand, presents far greater challenges. Not only do narrow curves, crossings, and roundabouts have to be driven through, but also bridges and tunnels with weight and height limits.

To ensure that the huge component (70m x 5.6m x 5.3m) could be delivered to the port without any major detours, the transport solution had to offer maximum flexibility as well as the lowest possible dead weight and minimum overall construction height of the loading deck. LASO’s transport experts therefore used two six-axle THP/SL heavy-duty modules. “Thanks to their high bending moment and many possible variations, these were best suited for transporting the heavy metal colossus smoothly to its destination,” said Goldhofer.

Engineers had already prepared road studies accurate to the millimetre in advance so that an optimum route could be planned without gaps. This made it possible not only to prepare individual road sections in good time for the nightly transport – for example, by removing traffic lights – but also to implement escort convoys and police barriers on schedule. Within two nights, the power plant component was on time for further shipment at the pier.