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MINING: Abnormal Load Project to Cause Traffic Problems

 





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CONCARGO, a Supply Chain Management company, in association with their strategic business partners, has been commissioned by its client, World Groupage Services (sea freight and forwarding company), to handle the transportation of a Bucket Wheel Reclaimer and two Ore Stackers from Saldanha Port to a mine in Postmasburg. The total distance is approximately 850 km.

The total shipment weighs in at 840 tons and measures 6200 cubic meters. Sixty-three trucks were loaded to transport the equipment of which 42 are Abnormal Out-of-Gauge loads, 4 of which are Superloads up to 9.54 meters wide. These had to be loaded onto a mix of 100 ton Lowbeds, Step decks and Extendable trailers. The balance of the loads was made up of Tri-axles and Superlinks truck tractor articulated vehicles.

The Abnormal Load Project is no small task as it is subject to the issuing of permits by the Department of Transport and Public Works. The loads needed to be staggered in such a way to keep the disruption of general traffic flows to a minimum.

Provincial traffic escorts are required to ensure the safety of other road users. The most challenging part of the route is Piekenierskloof Pass. Route surveys and traffic accommodation plans have had to be carried out prior to the transportation of the larger loads, and in the case of the Superloads, which are currently underway, periodical closure of the roads are necessary.


 
 
 
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