From the initial planning to final unloading, this project required a staggering 1,947 man-hours. Planning the route required 305 man-hours over 16 weeks with approvals and permits from 17 local and regional governments, police departments and utilities
(PRWEB) May 29, 2013
Precision Specialized Division, Inc. (PSD) a Woodbridge, Ontario based heavy haul trucking company, is proud to announce it recently received the SC&RA Hauling Job of the Year Award. PSD holds the distinction as the first Canadian company in over 35 years to receive this honor and only the second Canadian company to win the coveted prize in the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s (SC&RA) 65 year history.
SC&RA chose PSD as first among entrants from around the world for its expertise in the execution, routing and planning of a major haul in the under 160,000 pounds (net) category. PSD was recognized for hauling a 110,000 pound Vertical Impregnation Tank (VIT) 180 kilometers from the shipping docks on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oshawa to General Electric’s plant in Peterborough. The dimensions of the crated haul measured 21 feet long by 19 feet wide and 19 feet high. Loaded weight tipped the scales at 185,000 pounds.
PSD Operations Manager Ed Bernard highlighted the logistical challenges in the planning and execution of the haul, considered rare even by today’s standards given the dimensions, weight and distance traveled. “With the extreme height and width traveling through such densely populated areas, the planning that went into this move was paramount and one of the main reasons the move was successful.”
An army of utility trucks from various regional authorities leapfrogged ahead of and behind the load to lift wires, turn away and take down traffic lights, returning all infrastructures to their original positions once the truck passed. Thirty six utility trucks and 72 technicians were involved in the journey which took four days to complete. Four private escorts, seven police cruisers and two camera operators were also involved.
Ed explained that, “on some turns, up to an hour was required to execute the move safely. Anything less than complete attention to safety could have resulted in this unwieldy, two-story load toppling onto its side when cornering.” There were several complete road closures during this move, the longest being the last 9.5 mile stretch into Peterborough which took place at night over a four hour period with the truck often moving at walking speed.
The transport of the Vacuum Impregnation Tank (VIT) was executed successfully along one of the world’s most populated metropolitan areas, free from any mishaps. Ed attributes the success of the transport to months of detailed planning beforehand to ensure that all contingencies were addressed. “From the initial planning to final unloading, this project required a staggering 1,947 man-hours. Planning the route required 305 man-hours over 16 weeks with approvals and permits from 17 local and regional governments, police departments and utilities,” he explained.
PSD received the prize on April 5, 2013 at the SC&RA Annual Conference Closing Night Awards and Recognition Dinner.
A video charting the challenges and success of the haul is available online Heavy Haul Trucking Video
Precision Specialized Division provides expertise in the secure movement of over-dimensional freight across North America. With a "boots on the ground" policy they are a reliable flatbed trucking company ensuring that all of your heavy equipment moves run smoothly.
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