Vanguard recently completed a project for German logistics group Schenker – using its imported modular trailer to transport cargo in excess of 300 tons from Richards Bay Harbour to two inland sites.

The company transported a ball mill to a new cement plant in Randfontein on the West Rand of Johannesburg, and a kiln to a plant refurbishment project in Lichtenburg in the North West Province.

A 12-axle line trailer was dispatched to Richards Bay where the kiln and ball mill each measuring 18 metres long and 5,5 metres wide, were offloaded from the ship and transported to a temporary storage site within the harbour.

In Vanguard configured an 18- axle line combination, to transport the kiln and ball mill from the harbour to their respective destinations.

Robinson, The Vanguard Project Manager, notes that the constant rain made conditions on-site a challenge in Randfontein. “The trailer had to be driven up a muddy road which was fairly steep. In addition, the actual space on site was limited and the ball mill had to be offloaded on a cement plinth while the client readied its final position. There was also not much space around the plinth. At the top of the hill, near the plinth, we used the manual steering capabilities of the trailer to manoeuvre it and offloaded the ball mill without a hitch.

“The modularity and versatility of the trailer assisted us in successfully completing this job. The use of the trailer also ensures that we have the ability to adapt quickly to situations and develop solutions to problems that occur without downtime or incurring more costs,”
Robinson concludes.

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