Project cargo and heavy-lift firm ALE has transported and installed breakbulk components for a bridge over the Albert Canal in Zolder, Belgium.
The bowstring-designed bridge, weighed 1,225 tonnes and measured 124 meters in length and 20 meters in breadth. A team form ALE moved the bridge units utilizing four 500-tonne capacity jacks and ALE’s Jack ‘N’ Pack system.
Two 24-axle lines of self propelled modular transporters were used in a two x four file six6 configuration to move the bridge. A 66-meter long barge was also moored at the canal side along with eight roll-on, roll-off ramps to complete the load-out operations.
“Once SPMT and the bridge were in the correct position, the barge was moved into place with bearing positions aligned above the bridge abutment support positions. In order to install the bridge, ALE ballasted the barge to lower the bridge into place and remove the barge from underneath,” a spokesperson for ALE said.
Headquartered in Staffordshire in the UK, ALE provides heavy-lift services for a range of industries. The firm has more than 30 regional offices around the world and focuses on heavy-lift projects in oil and gas, civil, nuclear, offshore, renewables, petrochemical, ports, marine, minerals and metals and mining.
Photo: ALE moved the 1,225 tonne bridge using 24-axle lines of SPMT. Credit: ALE