Train prototype handled at BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven


44 tons heavy, up to 23.9 meters long and 2.74 meters wide: the BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven recently loaded four railway cars of a train prototype belonging to Hitachi Rail Europe on behalf of Hitachi Transport System.

The XXL load arrived in Bremerhaven from Kobe, Japan on the car carrier TULANE. BLG’s High & Heavy specialists unloaded the 3.83 meter high railcars from the ship by means of a tug. After that the four units were transferred from their MAFI rail trailers to trucks using reach stackers. The special trucks for rail vehicles took them to the destination – a test track for railroad vehicles in Velim, Czech Republic.

Precisely because the Hitachi railcars were prototypes, a great deal of intuitive instinct was required for the shipment. Exact planning of the procedures, a special safety concept and numerous preliminary meetings with all those involved were part of the preparation process. Finally, during vessel discharge not only was client Hitachi Transport System present, but also representatives of the shipping company, stevedoring company and truck transport companies. “Everything went off without a hitch,” confirmed BLG Project Manager Matthias Witte following the successful shipment. “Our client praised the smooth operation and excellent performance of our team in Bremerhaven.” Another shipment is planned via Bremerhaven this year.

The roll trailers are unloaded by means of BLG reach stackers.
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Members of BLG’s High & Heavy team mount the handling traverses on the railway car.
One of the railcars is loaded onto special trucks using BLG equipment.