Heavy Transport Services
With an unparalleled fleet of equipment, Mammoet provides safe and cost effective ways of transporting large and heavy objects.
Moreover, approaches to construction are changing. The conventional method of stick building is giving way to modular construction – from refineries to bridges, and mines to power plants. There are a number of advantages in building a facility as a series of components and then transporting them to the foundations at the construction site. Off-site construction increases safety as the work occurs in a controlled environment. It can give access to larger or cheaper labor pools and skillsets, and avoids potentially poor climatic conditions at the actual site.
Mammoet provides a cost-effective and safe heavy lifting service to our clients. To harness the greatest opportunities to make efficiency gains it is advisable to consult our professionals early in the planning stage of a new facility. Collaborating with our engineers at the FEED stage of a project assists in optimizing its design by providing insight into the methods of transport that may be used and the forces components will face on their journey. This input not only contributes to efficient transport of the objects, but it can help save money and time in the transport schedule, bringing the facility online sooner.
Using techniques such as rapid bridge replacement (RBR), Mammoet’s teams have been able to support civil infrastructure projects around the world with heavy transport expertise. In the Canadian capital, Ottawa, we removed the old Lees Avenue bridge and replaced it with a new 87.5-meter prefabricated bridge weighing over 2,000 tons. Through careful planning and with three months preparation time, the bridge replacement was completed in one, safe overnight operation resulting in minimal disruption to local traffic and drastically reducing the project timeline in comparison to stick building a new bridge section. And in California, we transported six coke drums in pairs, for Chevron's El Segundo refinery. Through our carefully engineered logistics plan the total transportation time was cut down from six to three weeks, and we greatly reduced the impact on one of the most densely populated areas in the USA.
With specialized skills and equipment, even entire plants can be moved across continents. In 2002, Mammoet moved all the components for a power plant from West Haverstraw in New York State to Meridian, Texas, using a combination of equipment and transport methods. While the smaller components could be moved overland using conventional trucks and trailers, the largest items including generators, turbines and heat exchangers were barged from West Haverstraw to Houston, then transferred to rail cars and finally to hydraulic platform trailers for transport to the site of the new plant. All the logistics throughout the entire transport were coordinated by Mammoet’s teams, and the entire operation was carried out without incident.
The wealth of experience that comes from decades of innovation in heavy transport has led Mammoet to develop its own equipment. Indeed, the SPMT itself was developed by Mammoet, alongside our partner Schuerle, to meet the needs of clients back in the 1980s and has been refined and improved since, to become a standard item of heavy transport equipment across the industry.