In February, 2014 Precision Specialized Division Inc (PSD) was contacted by our client to move 212 loads from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to 4 different locales in Alberta. Twelve of these loads were smoothing reactors and posed the biggest challenge.
The dimensions of these twelve reactors were divided into two categories 6 Large – 183”L x 183”W x 174”H – 87,000 lbs & 6 Extra-Large – 185”L x 185”W x 195”H – 110,000 lbs.
Focusing on the extra-large reactors, our loaded dimensions of these 6 loads would be 109’L x 15’ 5’w x 18’6”H with a gross weight just under 200,000 lbs and travelling through North America busiest traffic corridor would not be easy with these loads. The Province of Ontario highway infrastructure is not built to support 18’ 6” high. To complicate matters the manufacturer ships out of the downtown Greater Toronto Area, again, considered North Americas busiest Traffic Corridor. Upon a feasibility study we explained to our client that accessorial costs in the province of Ontario alone would be around $1.5M this would be for utilities, polices, surveys, media advertising, rolling announcement vehicles, etc. Complicating this route was the spring road bans and construction in Northern Ontario. It became apparent very quickly that permits would not be granted for this move. Several days after applying for our permits the MTO made it official and denied our applications due to the size of the loads and construction in Northern Ontario. As these smoothing reactors could not be diminished any further in size we asked our client to give us additional time to research and propose an alternative.
After two weeks of research we produced a 3 phase plan to move the smoothing reactors via ship on the Great Lakes Waterways from Oshawa, ON to Duluth, MN. This would mean moving over-the-road from the manufacturing plant to Oshawa, on ship to Duluth, then over-the-road to Alberta. Upon completion of our presentation our client awarded us the contract that very day.
In Phase 1 we moved the 12 smoothing reactors from the manufacturing plant in the GTA to Port of Oshawa with the help of over 60 dedicated personnel including drivers, police officers, utility workers and our own staff.
The 2nd phase consisted of loading all 12 reactors on the ship and sailing them to Duluth, MN. This voyage through the Great lakes took 5 days and arrived on time where we had 6 PSD trucks and trailers waiting to start the back to back move of the smoothing reactors and…phase 3.
Phase 3 had 6 PSD trucks performing two round trips each from Duluth to Alberta to move the reactors while the other 200 loads were being delivered during this time period. As the last smoothing reactor was unloaded we realized we had completed a very impressive project by producing a different kind of transportation plan for our client.
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