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Aertssen and ALE to transport antwerp’s largest load on public roads in port’s history

ALE will be working alongside Belgium-based Aertssen to transport the Port of Antwerp’s largest-ever cargo, weighing 1,050t and measuring 24m (length) 11m (width) 23m (height), on 2nd December, at 9.30pm.

“Previous loads have never exceeded 800t so transporting the Port’s heaviest load ever weighing 1,000t is an historic moment we are proud to be a part of. Preparations have been made for this over the last months and we are looking forward to receiving the module in due course. This epic undertaking is only possible because of the expertise from both Aertssen and ALE.”
-Yannick Sel, Sales Manager at ALE

This partnership recently received the Contractor of the Month award for the OPTARA project on behalf of Total in October. Both companies will be responsible for moving the load from laydown at quay 363 5km along Scheldelaan to the refinery.

The two market-leaders are currently working together as part of Total’s €1 billion investment in its refining and petrochemical complex in Antwerp. The first modules started transportation from the manufacturing yard in Tarragona, Spain, onto a heavylift ship to Belgium in October.

Once in Antwerp, the joint venture company has been using 80 axle lines of SPMTs to transport several heavy modules and have used large telescopic and crawler cranes for installation.

Koen Van Dyck, Account and Project Manager at Aertssen added: “Operations have well started and soon we will be at full operating speed. The good teamwork of ALE and Aertssen makes it a big pleasure to bring this impressive project to a happy end.”

The project started in October and is expected to complete in March 2015.


Maarten Zijlmans

Passionate about Internet and cranes, Maarten Zijlmans founded He is the main editor with the goal of making CraneMag the #1 online cranes magazine.

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