We just wrapped up yet another large scale project in the Chicagoland area. We relocated a 380,000 lb, 300 MVA Royal SMIT transformer roughly 12 miles intra city utilizing 3 major modes of transport (rail, barge and truck).
The destination substation was located just north of the city on an island with very poorly road and rail infrastructure. It was, however, accessible by water – so our engineering team put together a unique barge solution.
⇢ We utilized a 195×35 ft hopper barge and offset the load with ballast. Then we transported the transformer 40 miles upriver through downtown Chicago to our final location.
⇢ We used two mobile Liebherr LTM 1500 cranes to load + unload the barge.
⇢ We also used a 14-line ADD drive Goldhofer to transport the transformer the final distance to the substation.
This plan utilized all levels of the Logisticus Group Planning and Execution team’s specialized services, including Government Affairs, Civil Engineering, Marine Engineering, Transport Execution, Rail Planning, Project Planning and Site Management. Hats off to these folks who truly embodied our “MORE INNOVATION, LESS RISK” philosophy while simultaneously fulfilling all customer expectations. This transport was executed safely, efficiently and on time.