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1,200 tonnes of reinforced concrete and 2,000 spectators:

pre-war bunker en route on SPMTs from the TII Group

  • Mammoet transports a 1,200 tonne bunker of the New Hollandic Waterline on 88 SCHEUERLE SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter) axle lines
  • With the help of the SCHEUERLE SPMTs, the bunker is transformed into a "Objet Trouvé" - an object which has been playfully placed at a new angle

Over 2,000 spectators gathered to attend the "spectacle" taking place at the bank of the Lek shipping channel near the Dutch town of Vreeswijk. The mission: lifting a 1,200-tonne concrete bunker from its anchoring, transport it around one hundred metres away, and then re- positioned onto the new foundations at an angle – in an almost playful way. A total of three bunkers are to be moved along with two water management structures in order to allow the shipping lane to be widened. In the weeks prior to the transport, a specially constructed gantry was positioned on 88 SCHEUERLE SPMT axle lines, the bunker was disconnected from its foundations and then detached from the anchorage. This was not an easy task as drilling the holes to enable the gantry to be attached was difficult - only by using special drills could the heavily reinforced concrete be drilled through. On the other hand, the SPMTs from SCHEUERLE functioned without any problems whilst handling the difficult temporary road surface running between the old and new locations as well as the gantry´s high centre of gravity.

In order not to jeopardize the contemporary witness character of the bunker and to avoid the impression that history had been manipulated, the bunkers are randomly angled slightly upwards as "Objet Trouvé" at their new locations. Thus, it is always easy to see that they are not in their original positions.

The colossus was constructed before the Second World War as part of a series of defense structures designed to protect the Netherlands against the invasion of enemy forces. Nobody at the time would have imagined that three of these giants would be moved to a new location years later.


SPMTs from the TII Group

In the second half of the 20th century, a trend began which would change the entire transport industry forever. With the first self-propelled transport modules being used in the shipbuilding sector and the SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter) developed by SCHEUERLE in the late 1970s and early 1980s, payload possibilities suddenly increased and are now in principle without limitations. Seventy per cent of all transports over 3,000 tonnes and ninety per cent of all shipments of over 5,000 tonnes are now carried out on modular, self-propelled vehicles of the TII Group. As a result, modular production has also entered the oil and gas industry, shipbuilding and many other sectors. Weights of 17,200 tonnes – a world record - have already been transported with SPMTs from the TII Group.

A colossus on the road: the 1,200-tonne bunker being moved to its new position on 88 SCHEUERLE SPMT axle lines.

Comfort zone: the uneven ground and the gantry´s high centre of gravity are no problem for the SCHEUERLE SPMT.

Shortly before the finish: a chamfered foundation positions the bunker as an "Objet Trouvé" which produces a jumbled appearance on the landscape.

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