Focus on fast operations
The biggest challenges involved in this heavy haul project were keeping loading times as short as possible and planning the optimum route from the port to the solar park. Strict specifications had to be met due to time restrictions and the storage volume in the port. The route itself had to be meticulously planned in terms of modifications to the roads, detours and temporary bypass roads so as to avoid any obstacles for the transport. As the ideal solution for such a demanding journey, the experts at Al Faris chose towed heavy-duty modules in Goldhofer’s THP/SL series, which combine a high bending moment for extremely heavy loads with easy handling and an impressive suspension stroke. That avoided any problems with uneven terrain on the construction site. In view of the length and weight of the tanks, the Al Faris specialists decided on a parallel combination with 30 axle lines each. “Our planning was 100% successful and we were able to move the tanks to their destination within a very short time,” says Mr Pinto, founder and managing director of the Al Faris Group. On arrival at the site, the tanks were offloaded and moved about 100 meters by a 400-ton crawler crane and placed on the awaiting foundations. Dean Exner, Goldhofer’s Regional Director of Sales for the Middle East, was equally delighted with the outcome of the mega-project handled by his customer Al Faris: “When it comes to transporting ultra-heavy and voluminous cargoes on and off- road, the THP/SL modules are often the most economical solution. They are the key to extremely high payloads in combination with long continuous operations.”
Goldhofer is a globally operating manufacturer of heavy and specialized transport vehicles. The company, which is headquartered in Memmingen, Germany, owes its position as a global leader in the industry to a high and consistent standard of quality for its transport solutions and its customer-oriented service offerings. A constantly growing, tightly knit global sales, service and production network guarantees the local availability of new vehicles, vehicle parts and servicing at all times. Further added value is provided in the form of additional, mostly IT-supported tools to facilitate axle-load, stability and bend analysis plus innovative sensor technology and data analysis. Close cooperation with customers is the key to products and services that equip them to meet every logistical challenge.
The Transport Technology division delivers strictly user-oriented heavy-haulage solutions and a full range of dedicated accessories for on- and off-road operations with payloads of up to 15,000 tons and more. The broad-based product portfolio is tailored to the requirements and infrastructures of the various regional markets and guarantees full flexibility, even for unusual operations. In addition to trailers and semi-trailers for the construction and haulage industries, Goldhofer supplies transport systems for the wind power industry and a range of heavy-duty combinations with and without hydrostatic drive for transporting oversized and ultra-heavy cargos.
The Airport Technology division has a focus on the specific requirements of airport logistics. The division’s wide range of conventional and towbarless aircraft tow tractors, aircraft recovery systems, and cargo and baggage tractors in all size classes are reliable performers for continuous operations in ground support at airports worldwide. With a full portfolio of transport solutions with zero-emission battery-powered e-versions (»IonMaster« technology), Goldhofer is also a prominent pioneer in the field of e-mobility.
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