Transportation and load-out of marine structure and piles, Mexico
ALE has successfully completed the transportation of two piles and a marine structure, as well as the load-out of a marine structure inside the Port of Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, Mexico.
The project consisted on two separate transport operations. The first operation was the transportation of two piles, with a total weight of 154t, from the manufacturing area to the quay. The second operation involved the transportation of the marine structure, weighing 215t, from the manufacturing area to the quay.
Firstly, the piles were loaded onto the SPTs using two hydraulic cranes. ALE used 20 axle lines of SPT, one power pack and a longitudinal separator to transport the two piles to the quay. ALE carried out a loading test and performed transverse steering to align the structure next to the barge. Subsequently, the piles were unloaded using the same two hydraulic cranes onto the barge.
For the marine structure ALE used 20 axle lines of SPT in a configuration of 2 x 2 file 4 and 2 x 2 file 6 with two power packs. This transport option was used as it enabled ALE to transfer the load through the auxiliary structure built by the client. ALE then performed the load-out of the marine structure using the same equipment and configuration.
One of the challenges was the high dimensions of the structure and low self-weight. As a result, temporary supports were built with variable heights and asymmetric distribution so ALE could move the structure from the manufacturing area to the load-out area.
It took ALE one day to transport the piles and one day to transport and load-out the structure.