Dynamic Specialized transports massive transformer
13 May 2019
To move a transformer for a local substation in Newport News, VA, Dynamic Specialized had to overcome some very specific challenges.
Due to the height of the transporter, the shipping terminal was changed so that a local floating crane could discharge it to the trailer system.
With a permitted gross weight of 423,430 pounds, a width of 11 feet 4 inches and a height of 15 feet 3 inches, the transformer’s shipping details had to be changed.
“This unit came into another terminal. However due to the overall height, we made alternate arrangements with the local floating crane to have this unit discharged at the Newport News Marine Terminal,” said Josh Sohler, operations manager, Dynamic Specialized, based in New Kent, VA.
From the Newport News terminal, Dynamic Specialized transported the transformer along a route of about 10 miles to the power plant. The route involved several restrictions including utilizing city jurisdictional streets, getting onto the state-maintained roads, entering an interstate highway and getting back onto the city streets for the final delivery.
The Faymonville trailer system involved a ModulMAX G-SL assembled in a 4+6 combination with a flat deck.
Sohler said the company’s Faymonville ModulMAX G-SL trailer system was critical to the success of the project. Dynamic Specialized assembled the trailer in a 4+6 combination with a flat deck.
“As always, we had all of the proper planning and coordination completed upfront,” he said. “The project delivery went overwhelmingly smooth for the Dynamic crew with the use of our Faymonville modular axle lines.”
The ideal transport system solution helped the company meet some otherwise huge challenges.
“Rolled platform deck edges, more robust steering arms or easily accessible knee pin locations have helped keep us on the road longer with significantly reduced support requirements,” he said. “Faymonville’s modularity, interoperability, capacity and ease of use have allowed Dynamic to do more, with less and that has and continues to be a major key to success.”