ALS handles huge pile driver

first_imgThis versatile machine, which can be used to lift cargoes weighing more than 250 tonnes, as well as a pile driving machine, has a total freight volume of 800 cu m and required the shipment of some pieces weighing over 65 tonnes (pictured below).ALS (Freight Management Nederland) BV’s road transport team in Moerdijk, the Netherlands arranged for the machine to be dismantled into 50 pieces which were then transported loose or packed in cases, crates or bundles.The ALS team arranged for suitable special trailers, as well as necessary lifting equipment to be in place for the operation, and made sure that they could be adapted to handle a range of scenarios including: factory collection, mobilisation of cranes, positioning of trucks and trailers and delivery to outgoing seaport for loading on to ship.ALS’ project specialists were on hand 24/7 to supervise the entire operation, involving an independent marine cargo surveyor requested by ALS’ client. The company’s ocean projects team arranged a heavy lift vessel which carried the cargo from Holland to Itajai port in Brazil.The crane will be used at the port of Itajaí for pile driving works required for the port’s offshore infrastructure.last_img read more

VAG U3 automation contract

first_imgNÜRNBERG transport authority VAG awarded a €185m contract to Siemens on November 16 covering the supply of automatic train control equipment for its Rubin project. This covers the construction of a fully-automated U-Bahn Line U3, and the conversion of Line U2. The deal also includes the supply of 30 ATO-equipped trainsets to work the two lines. Under construction since 2000, U3 combines two branches, from Rathenauplatz to Maxfeld in the north of the city, and Rothenburger Strasse to Gustav-Adolf-Strasse in the southwest. Trains will share tracks with U2 services through the city centre (RG 7.00 p401).The ATO and ATP equipment will be developed by Siemens’ signalling department at Braunschweig, using inductive loops to transfer data between track and train. Siemens will supply a Sicas solid-state interlocking to control U3, with interfaces to the existing relay interlocking used on U2. The programme provides for mixed working of conventional and automatic trains between the opening of U3 – now expected at the beginning of 2006 – and the conversion of U2 the following year. The DT3 two-car EMUs will be based on the existing VAG fleet, but incorporating Siemens’ MoMo design principles. They will be built in Wien, with bogies from Graz. Each 36m long unit will have seats for 60 passengers and standing room for 240; maximum speed will be 80 km/h. U3 will be worked by 16 sets, with the other 14 to work U2.last_img read more

Teen charged in shooting death of 17-year-old student at Alabama high school

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — The shooting death of a 17-year-old girl at a high school in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday has led to criminal charges against the suspect, prosecutors said Friday.Michael Jerome Barber, 17, was charged with manslaughter and certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol for “bringing a pistol onto the campus of Huffman High and recklessly causing the death” of Courtlin Arrington, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.Further information about the case was not released.A 17-year-old boy was also shot and survived the shooting that occurred during dismissal at the high school, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released, police said.Peter Williston of the Birmingham Police told ABC News Thursday that the cause of the shooting remained under investigation. The gun involved was recovered, police added.Arrington was a high school senior and an aspiring nurse, the district attorney’s office said.“Our hearts go out to the family of Ms. Arrington, all of her friends and those whose lives would have been changed through her nursing dreams had this event not occurred,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement Friday. “This is a parent’s worst nightmare.”Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter, “I’m praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more