Italy-based heavy load logistics provider Fagioli’s US division completed a world record ship transport weighing more than 23,000 tonnes on self propelled modular transporter (SPMT). Fagioli used 800 axle lines of Scheuerle SPMT to transport the under-construction offshore wind turbine installation vessel.

The wind work vessel, weighing 23,000 tonnes, was transferred to sea by 800 axle lines of SPMT. (Photo: TII Scheuerle)

The vessel was moved from port facilities in Texas, USA, onto three barges from where it was subsequently launched into the water.

Record breaking

In the process, Fagioli set three world records: for the largest number of axle lines under one load, the heaviest weight moved by SPMT axle lines and the heaviest load on wheels transferred onto barges.

The company used 28 power pack units (PPU) to move the 23,163 tonne ship, known as Charybdis.

“The record is proof of our SPMTs´ excellent operational performance and innovative strength of our customers,” said Filippo Baldassari, managing director at TII Group. “We at TII Scheuerle are immensely proud of the fact that our products have made such a milestone possible in the heavy-load industry.

“The new record not only proves the superb performance of our SPMT but it also impressively demonstrates the tireless innovative strength and determination of our customers. Their successes are also our successes. We look forward to continuing to achieve new heights of performance together and shaping the future of heavy-load logistics.”

Wind work vessel

US energy company, Dominion Energy, had the Charybdis built in the Seatrium AmFELS shipyard in Texas.

Charybdis is the first vessel of its kind to comply with the Jones Act requirements. This regulation stipulates that all transportation between American ports may only be provided by vessels that were built in the USA and owned by US citizens who hold an appropriate transportation licence. This also applies to the transport of people and goods to offshore wind turbine facilities.


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