Heavy haulage experience overcomes tight schedule for 300-mile nuclear transportations, UK
Taking on a challenging operational schedule, ALE’s abnormal load transport experience enabled them to perform multiple 300-mile heavy haulage transportations over 14 days. ALE transported 16 items from Chapelcross nuclear power station to a radiation decontamination facility in Workington, before completing the journey on to their final destination in Hartlepool, UK.
One of the most challenging aspects of the project was planning the project around the drivers’ maximum number of driving hours while on such a tight schedule. ALE’s solution was to carry out the operation using three teams; one to complete the initial transportation from the nuclear power station to the radiation decontamination facility, the second to continue the journey to a waste facility, then the third to transport the convoy back to the power station, ready to be loaded for the next stage of the operation.
At the nuclear power station, a crane loaded the items onto vessel bridge trailers with ballast tractors and they then began the first stage of the transportation. There were numerous obstructions and height restrictions on the route, but the extensive planning and flexibility of ALE’s specialist transport enabled the load to be carried low, and this also provided additional stability for the abnormal loads’ various shapes.
Upon arrival at the radiation decontamination facility, radiation checks were performed while ALE’s operational team completed an operational handover, ready for the next stage of the transportation. Once at the waste facility, the items were offloaded using a crane. As an extra precaution, they were stored in a segregated laydown area before being loaded onto the vessel. At the same time, the operational handover over took place, ready to return the empty convoy. The whole process was repeated for each delivery operation.
ALE was able to maximise the time available for this project by performing swift and efficient handovers. The experience and expertise of ALE’s team was vital in ensuring the heavy haulage project ran on schedule and ALE successfully transported all 16 of the top duct sections in just 14 days.