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Home from the Humber with Fracht

[ December 10, 2019   //   ]

Swiss-headquartered project forwarding specialist Fracht has completed the movement of a 515 tonne, 190 metre tunnel boring machine from the recently completed River Humber utility tunnel back to Germany.

Having been tansported from its German base to site by Fracht, TBM Mary had completed a 5km tunnel under the River Humber for a high pressure gas pipeline from Goxhill to Paull, for the National Grid.

Fracht has been transporting tunnel boring, shaft boring and vertical boring machines for over two decades and has immense experience in the handling of these heavy, cylindrical giants.

Starting with site and route surveys, Fracht’s project team prepared every step of TBM Mary’s journey to and from the River Humber site, including lifts, lashing and load plans on specialised road transport equipment, on a chartered vessel for shipment across the North Sea to Rotterdam where Fracht’s team waited to secure the components by floating crane to barge, for upriver movement to Germany.

Another Vertical Boring Machine (VSM) transported by Fracht from Germany to a North Yorkshire mining site, has broken the VSM depth record by 43 meters. The 435 tonne machine is now being decommissioned by the Fracht team, before following TBM Mary back to Germany.

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