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The topic of oversize transport could be discussed endlessly. There are as much as 7 types of such transport, depending on weight and dimensions. And there are just a few companies that realise similar undertakings. The preparation for realising such transit sometimes takes a year. TVP3 Opole has prepared a documentary series revealing the secrets of oversize transport.

It is the first project of this type prepared by the public broadcaster’s facility in Opole. “This documentary series constitutes proof that smaller regional TVP facilities have a great potential hidden in them. I am sure that the production of The Oversized (Polish: Ponadnormatywni) will be not only a perfect documentary material but also a promotion of our voivodeship. Just a few know that the Opolskie region is famous for experienced and vibrantly operating companies on the market of oversize transport. Not only in the country but also in Europe”, says Mateusz Magdziarz, director and editor-in-chief of TVP3 Opole.

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Bedmet Logistic undertook to portage an exclusive yacht from Ropczyce to a shipyard in Italy. 

The set weighs 50 tonnes and its dimensions are as follows: 40m x 7m x 4.5m. “The preparations for this portaging lasted for many months. Only after we had prepared a detailed plan of transit and obtained necessary permits did the customer decided that the transport of the yacht without the necessity to separate it into smaller elements would be possible”, says Radosław Siemasz from the Bedmet Logistic sales department.

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128 tonnes from Poznań to Szamotuły

Shutting out tram lines in the centre of a city? Just one of the things we will do to transport oversize loads in a completely safe manner!
Firstly, the 128-tonne load crossed the stage from Antwerp to Poznań by water transport. “It was one of the heaviest loads that reached Poznań by the Warta River route”, highlights Radosław Siemasz from Budmet Logistic Company. “For land transport, we used a 4-axle MAN trailer and a 14-axle modular trailer by Goldhofer”, he adds.

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That transport left everyone soaking wet. The 145.5-tonne paper cylinder being transported covered the Opole – Klucze route.

“The dimensions of the set are 39.20m x 5.60m x 6.75m with the overall set weight of 240 tonnes”, says Wiesław Bednarz, president of Bedmet Company. “We used an 18-axle Goldhofer trailer and two 4-axle MAN ballast tractors”, he stresses. And exactly due to the significant weight of the entire set the assistance of the other tractor was necessary at individual stages of the route.

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The widest element of the ones which the company from Opole transported to the Arcelor Mittal Poland facility in Dąbrowa Górnicza had a width of 9.3 metres and weighed 120 tonnes. The transport of the elements of the ironworks’ converter from the Facility of Welded Constructions Ferrum (Polish: Zakład Konstrukcji Spawanych Ferrum) in Katowice was unique in many aspects.  It is what makes Bedmet Logistic famous both in the country and in the international arena.

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Preparations for such instances of transport last for weeks. “An array of expert opinions and arrangements is one thing. In the case of this wide, 9-metre load, we checked every stage of the route very precisely”, says Wiesław Bednarz, president of Bedmet Company. “The load moved slowly for a significant part of the transport route. So slowly that the pilots had a long, night-time walk”, he adds with a smile.  
“Actually, the project had started half a year earlier, when we had sat around the table for the first time. Then, the working group was meeting one time every two weeks, on average”, explains Paweł Chmielecki, manager of the transport and purchase department of ZKS Ferrum Katowice.