May 17, 2020

Van der Vlist transports 50 tonne boiler

European logistics
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The 50 tonne boiler on the way to Eastern France, thanks to Van der Vlist
Van der Vlist were recently enlisted to transport a boiler to Épinal, Eastern France. The 50 tonne mega structure was shipped in from Rauma in Fi...

Van der Vlist were recently enlisted to transport a boiler to Épinal, Eastern France. The 50 tonne mega structure was shipped in from Rauma in Finland to Antwerp port in Belgium.

Due to its extremely large size, the routing was very tricky. At 16.8m long, and 4.35 high and wide, the height was a problem to take it directly to France, however the only solution to bring the height down enough was to use a vesselbridge trailer, which was also not possible because of the winding narrow roads on route.

Therefore the solution was to re-route via Holland and down to the German French border, where the boiler was transhipped onto an 8 axle semi low trailer, which could navigate the roads, on the short distance to Épinal where it could comfortably pass through the roads, but without any height problems.

The boiler was taken securely on this long way round, and delivered on site for a combined biomass and heat power plant, along with some other smaller parts which were comfortably taken on semi low trailers.

With over 200 vehicles and over 200 trailers ranging from 3-axle semi-low loaders and low loaders to heavy duty modular axles Van der Vlist is capable of offering efficient and effective transport solutions for many heavy and unusual loads. As part of its service, it provides permits and escorts throughout Europe, which when combined with detailed route planning, ensures a smooth passage for goods.

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 


Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

Elon Musk Tweet

Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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