To Russia with Giant Trucks!
Ever wondered how monster trucks are transported from one place to another? Well, it takes another type of a monster. Thirteen enormous haulage trucks were recently shipped on a heavy lift vessel owned by Singapore-based multipurpose operator AAL Shipping from Laem Chabang Port in Thailand to the Port of Nakhodka in southeast Russia.
Intended for Siberian mining project, these truck units – each over fourteen meters in length, weighing 170 million tons – were transported on the 19,000 dwt AAL Dampier, on behalf of Freightplus. Built in 2011, AAL Dampier features a length of 149 meters and a width of 23.4 meters.
“We were delighted … to have successfully completed the delivery of this important cargo ahead of schedule. The crane capacity of our S-Class fleet came into its own, giving Freightplus the assurance that each 170mt truck could be lifted, stowed and discharged at Nakhodka terminal without any reach issues,” Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, commented.
AAL said it has the sector’s youngest fleet of the new generation and “technologically advanced” multipurpose heavy lift vessels. The AAL Dampier is part of AAL’s owned 19,000 dwt ‘S-Class’ fleet, with each vessel featuring a combined lifting capacity of 700 million tons.
“These highly versatile vessels are designed to load and transport all manner of industrial and commercial heavy-lift and dry bulk cargo to and from the busiest, or most remote, ports around the world,” according to AAL.