Pumping Station Transported Via Two Generations of Nicolas MHD Series
Since 1987, Royal Transport from Norway has been a very reliable address for all types of special transports. Recently, the company was assigned the task of moving a 420-tonne pumping station in the town of Bergen. For this, they used two self-propelled platform trailers, one second-generation (G2) MHD SPE and a first-generation (G1) MHD SP from Nicolas.
For this particular assignment, Royal Transport rented an MHD G1 SP in order to combine the vehicle with the company´s own MHD G2 SPE.
“The idea was to combine an electronically with a mechanically-steered vehicle in a loose coupling mode,” according to Sébastien Porteu, managing director of French special vehicle manufacturer Nicolas which, along with Scheuerle, Kamag, and TII Energy, belongs to the TII Group. “This is unusual, but functioned perfectly with vehicles from Nicolas following a careful planning process. Thereby, the two PowerPacks used were configured to run in a master/slave mode. Once again, this is a good example of the technical innovative strength that lies behind our vehicles—they offer solutions instead of problems,” explained Porteu.
The 420-tonne concentrated load did not present a large technical challenge for the vehicle combination.
The bogie units of the Nicolas MHD G2, available with either mechanical or electronic multi-directional steering, have been specially designed to carry extremely concentrated loads. For road transport assignments, the MHD G2 can be used as a trailer or semi-trailer combination as well as being coupled side-by-side as a three- or four-file combination. Thanks to the steering concept from Nicolas, the MHD G2 has the lowest driving height on the market when loaded.