Faktor 5 – Goldhofer’s lightweight in the super-heavyweight class

British transport operator the Allelys Group used this  Goldhofer Faktor 5 multi-functional high girder bridge, which offers the flexibility to be converted into a vessel bridge in two major moves.

The vessel bridge with the 212ton transformer on its journey to the port. Photo by Goldhofer

Weighing in a 100 tons, its first assignment was to  transport a 212-ton transformer in northwest England, from Stafford to Ellesmere Port for shipment across the Irish Sea. The Allelys team picked a Goldhofer 2×12-axle THP/ST heavy-duty combination with Faktor 5. The girder frame was used in the vessel bridge mode so as to gain the decisive extra centimeters of clearance for passage under bridges of limited height on a route of more than 100 km. Where necessary, the hydraulics on the Faktor 5 permit it to be lowered (or raised) by up to 900 mm as soon as a critical passage is reached.

For the second journey, over a distance of about 60 km from Brunton Shaw to Goole in northeast England, the Goldhofer high girder bridge was loaded with a cable drum weighing 300 tons – no problem for Faktor 5, which is designed for payloads of up to 550 tons.


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