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Movement of specialised fabricated steel modular units


JGC Engineering and technical services Ltd.

Project overview

Hugh Simpson (Contractors) Ltd transported specialised fabricated steel modular units from JGC T3 building in Janetstown to Scrabster harbour. The biggest unit was 7.1 m wide, 14.4 m long and 6.0 m high. The height of the trailer and load was 6.9 m.

The route was surveyed to make sure sufficient clearance is provided along the route, e.g. overhead cables removed, traffic signs and lamp posts turned to allow safe load movement.

The operations involved 3 police vehicles, 2 Hugh Simpson (Contractors) Ltd escort vehicles, 3 lorries, access equipment and a number of personnel undertaking spotters’ role.

Our approach

Due to the width of the units, which encroached onto the pedestrian pathways the operations started at 04:00 hours in order to minimise pedestrian and traffic interaction.
The local police provided convoy.

In preparation to the transfer:

  • units were lifted and prepared for movement the previous day
  • vehicles along the route were cleared
  • pedestrians controlled
  • overhead obstacles, traffic signs, lamp posts removed
  • cones, barriers and signage placed
  • personnel and vehicles with warning beacons arranged
  • means and methods for communication established and
  • supervised traffic controls and diversions put in place.

The modules were transported to Scrabster harbour where they were loaded onto a boat to continue journey to Belgium.

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