Transportation of piles and headstocks, Australia
ALE have transported piles and headstocks from ships hook at Auckland Point Wharf, Gladstone, to Patricks laydown yard.
The piles and headstocks were transported as part of the construction of a coal wharf and approach jetties on the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal construction project on Curtis Island, Gladstone.
The piles were distributed in bundles of six and the weights ranged from 125t – 173t and were packed in transport frames (three piles per frame) with dimensions of 37m – 44m long x 4.8m wide x 2.2 m high and weighing between 62.2t – 86.5t. Two of these transport frames would then be stacked for transport making the maximum load around 173t.
The headstocks were packed in transport frames (four per frame) with dimensions of 8m – 34.3m long x 4.5m – 5.7m wide x 2.5m – 4.6m high and weighing between 37.7t – 123.2t.
These loads were transported using 21 axle lines of SPT and 20 axle lines of SPMT. The loads travelled approximately 400m from Auckland Point Wharf to Patricks laydown yard and included the use of operators and spotters.