Mammoet moves 940-tonne stacker-reclaimer in Canada
PRESS RELEASE – Mammoet has relocated a huge stacker-reclaimer as part of a USD 800 million upgrade project targeted to double its capacity to export 20 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year, compared to 10 million tonnes per year now. The new stacker was fabricated by United Engineers at Hope Harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Canadian heavy lift and transport provider Dynamic Heavy Lift (D.H.L.) was responsible for decommissioning the old stacker, along with the logistics of transporting the replacement stacker into place in Vancouver, B.C.
“Mammoet was selected for the transportation of the machine as few other companies on the coast could offer the equipment needed, or had a track record of similar moves that were successful”, the Dutch heavy lift company states.
Due to the coastal location and confined workspace, the transport took over three years to plan, with Mammoet involved with D.H.L. every step of the way. The early involvement of Mammoet engineers allowed the lift to be planned so that inventoried Mammoet equipment could be used to stabilize the stacker for transport.
The partnership resulted in both money and time savings as the customer had to fabricate fewer items to facilitate the transport. In particular, United Engineers were able to fabricate the stacker-reclaimer directly onto steel rails using the required dimensions needed to load the machine onto Mammoet’s SPMT trailers.
Once complete, Mammoet’s teams were able to seamlessly load the stacker onto 66 axle lines of SPMTs using their hydraulics. The stacker was then driven onto the Dynamic Beast barge for its journey across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver.