15. March 2023

Cool transportation through the desert

In September our Universal Transport branch in Egypt had their hands full with a transport of a so-called cold box. The cryogenic processing system, weighing around 110 tons, had to be picked up at the port of Alexandria, loaded from the ship onto the special trailer using a heavy-duty crane and transported to its place of use in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Around 220 kilometers had to be covered safely to reach the finish line.

While the width and depth of the plant tower, around 3.50 meters each, did not pose a challenge for the large-capacity and heavy-duty specialists from Universal Transport, the cold box had to be transported lying flat due to its height of around 40 meters. The task was to maneuver a push and pull truck, over 60 meters long and almost 230 tons total weight, over busy roads, around curves and through narrow places.

Project manager Martin Ludvík helped prepare the project from Paderborn and traveled to the land of the pharaohs to accompany the transport. He says: “Precision work was key, particularly in the port area and for delivery to the factory premises. We only moved at walking pace, with the low-loader being accompanied and secured by several people on the right and left by foot.”

Thanks to the well-rehearsed and experienced team, the transport and its valuable freight arrived safely in Cairo after a day and a half. Cold boxes are used in a variety of applications for the treatment of cryogenic liquids and gases, for example in air separation plants, gas separation and liquefaction plants, chemical and petrochemical plants.

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