One highlight was during the second construction phase in which VOLLMERT removed the engines and loaded and transported them to the inland port of Dresden: In order to be able to lift the engines after removal, a 1,200-ton telecrane – currently the most powerful telecrane in the world – had to be erected. Since the engines were located at a distance of 25 meters from the crane, even this large crane was literally exhausted with this load case. Under the astonished eyes of many spectators, who did not want to miss the dimensions of this crane, the engines were neatly loaded and lashed to the vehicles by the VOLLMERT employees in cooperation with the client.
We now could finally continue with the next stage. During the night of April 15, a convoy with a length of 400m- consisting of the three heavy transports and various police vehicles – set off for the Dresden inland port.
Due to the total transport height of almost 5.70m, many roads could not be used, so that in addition to a necessary full closure of the highway, various overhead streetcar lines and telephone cables had to be lifted situationally on the way to the port.
The loading of the three engines onto a ship took place at the inland port of Dresden in the morning of April 16. VOLLMERT had provided two 400-ton telecranes for this purpose, each of which lifted the three engines safely into the inland vessel in a tandem lift. And after two hours, this part of the so-called pre-carriage to Pilsen was also completed. Around noon, the barge was ready to cast off and the three engines made their way up the Elbe toward Prague.
In the meantime, all components – including those not explicitly mentioned here – are in termporary storage in the Czech Republic. But this is not the end of this project – after all, the engines are supposed to produce electricity again at the beginning of 2011. In the near future, VOLLMERT will therefore work with the customer to reassemble the units in a professional manner!