Saturday, April 6, 2013
time-lapse video of loading the 7,777 ton machine. As you watch the video, note that once the hold is full, her deck is "reinstalled" to load the remaining pieces.
• At 0:45 into the video, the second sponson has been deployed as the lifts become heavier.
• At 1:09 Shield Body lifted by front crane.
• At 1:25. stern pedestal crane lifts green 900 ton Cutter Head onto deck.
• At 2.00 Support Cars lifted onto center deck.
Unlike packing your car for a vacation, each of the more than 40 "packages" is measured and weighed. A loading plan is produced to distribute the weight and insure maximum use of the vessels hold and deck area.
Even the weight of crew and supplies is included in calculating the load configuration.
Goldhofer PST unit is shown here, being prepared for the big moves. Features 96 axles and 800 tires.