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Dave Belcher | profile | all galleries >> Fort McMurray, Alberta...extremely heavy loads being moved tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Fort McMurray, Alberta...extremely heavy loads being moved

This series of photos shows four gigantic coke ovens being transported to the Syncrude plant during the winter of 2001. Each oven is 110 meters long, 10 meters in diameter and weighs 416 tonnes. There were up to 4 tractors pulling and 2 pushing during the 800 km trip which took 10 days. The ovens were fabricated by Dacro Industries in Edmonton and transported by Premay Equipment.

On Feb. 10,'06 I photographed another vessel being moved to Ft. McMurray, this time fabricated by Cessco, weighing just shy of 1,000,000 pounds. Hauled by Mammoet. Pictures and video will be posted shortly. These loads seem to be getting bigger and more frequent!!!!

When they arrive in Ft. McMurray, some of the world's largest crawler cranes capable of lifting more than 1375 tons, are used to hoist the vessels into their vertical working position at the plants.




I just found this link the other day while updating my Ft. McMurray page. I took some photos at the Dacro plant and will
have them available shortly. They are currently building a third coker like this and it will be moved out this winter. Truly
a gigantic load.

This is the largest load ever transported in North America by road...1.7 million pounds

The unit was a gigantic coker oven fabricated by Dacro Industries in Edmonton and transported by Premay Equipment
with a total of seven tractors...3 pulling and four pushing.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/extreme_heavy_hauling.htm




April 24, 07
The other series of photos shows a gigantic Letourneau front end loader being readied for transport to a coal mine in the Rockies near Hinton. The tires are 10 feet in diameter and the bucket (not shown) is capable of snatching 90 tons in a single bite. It's the largest such loader in the world.


Here's a short video clip of the vessel as they move it through Two Hills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLlHmAXdBLE


Update Jan 26/08: Another vessel is prepared to move out from the Dacro plant this weekend, Jan 27. Blizzard conditions are expected along the route with temps around -35C and winds around 30-50 kmh. Have fun, guys!!
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416 tonne coke oven
416 tonne coke oven
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2D.jpg
Cessco1.jpg
Cessco1.jpg
Cessco vessel, 500 tonnes
Cessco vessel, 500 tonnes
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011_11.JPG
Over the horizon
Over the horizon
Coming towards Holden
Coming towards Holden
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019_19.JPG
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021_21.JPG
Stopped on the way to Two Hills
Stopped on the way to Two Hills
Lead trailer unit
Lead trailer unit
At the Dacro plant
At the Dacro plant
Cessco vessel.jpg
Cessco vessel.jpg
Rigging up.jpg
Rigging up.jpg
Mammoet mover.jpg
Mammoet mover.jpg
Cessco 6.jpg
Cessco 6.jpg
Kenworth twin steer.jpg
Kenworth twin steer.jpg
Label.jpg
Label.jpg
Round the curve.jpg
Round the curve.jpg
Up the hill.jpg
Up the hill.jpg
Rear view.jpg
Rear view.jpg
Letourneau 2350 front end loader
Letourneau 2350 front end loader
Letour8.jpg
Letour8.jpg
Letour9.jpg
Letour9.jpg
Letour.chassis.jpg
Letour.chassis.jpg
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P1060433.jpg
P1060432 Old 6x6.jpg
P1060432 Old 6x6.jpg
Kress.jpg
Kress.jpg
Letour2.jpg
Letour2.jpg
Letour3.jpg
Letour3.jpg
Letour6.jpg
Letour6.jpg
Mobile Drilling rig
Mobile Drilling rig