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Condenser Unit Transport Rescue Mission

TUI was hired to handle the logistics of a condenser unit transport after another logistics company failed to meet its commitments. A manufacturing company awarded a hauling contract for two condenser units. It was revealed the logistics company was insufficiently experienced to handle the haul:

  • An 80 ton trailer was sent to carry a 100 ton condenser
  • The logistics company did not order the permits in time and tried to transport without proper permits
  • The truck was in an accident 14 miles from its origin
  • The police inspected the truck, fined the driver, and did not allow the unit to be transported any further
  • The delivery was late and the manufacturing company faced liquidated damages

Our Condenser Unit Transport Solution

The manufacturing company contracted TUI to handle the logistics of the new haul to include:

  • Cranes to transfer the unit, from overloaded combination trailer to a properly equipped 125 ton, 19 axle rig
  • The delivery of unit back to manufacturing company for repair
  • The redelivery of the unit to final destination

Photos of the condenser unit transport 



Multi-load, Interstate Transport from Pennsylvania to Baltimore

This Multi-load, Interstate Transport from Pennsylvania to Baltimore transport was very problematic with many challenges:

  • Aerial wires, trees, bridges/overpasses
  • Construction sites with road width restriction
  • Traffic control plans
  • State Permit approval process
  • Route surveys, utilized one-way ramps
  • Layover locations en route
  • Steep grades and declines
  • Transported three units at the same time
  • The state of Maryland required the loads be transported at night; TUI illuminated all loads.

For this task, we employed our support team:

  • A certified utility contractor to lift traffic lights, road signage, & electrical wires.
  • Pilot cars for detecting aerial clearances.
  • Traffic control with police escorts.

There were overpasses in the route with only 3″ of vertical clearance to spare. The trailers needed to be dropped nearly to the ground, and the utility contractor was needed to watch for clearance.

TUI delivered all six (6) cylinders without incident and according to schedule.

Multi-load, Interstate Transport Project Details:

  • Cylinder Dimensions: 18’5″ L x 16’2″ Dia. (Permit Height: 17′ 2″)
  • Cylinder Weights: 2 @ 132,000 lbs.; GVW 252,000 lbs.
  • Cylinder Weights: 2 @ 132,000 lbs.; GVW 252,000 lbs.
  • Distance: 180 direct miles (325 permit miles)

Multi-load, Interstate Transport Project Photos:


Pittsburgh Transformer Rig & Transport

Pittsburgh Transformer Rig & Transport

A Local Utility Company had a need to rig and transport one transformer from one substation to another substation within the city limits of Pittsburgh, PA. The challenging haul included jacking and sliding the transformer seven times from truck to rail to truck, and then maneuvering the load under a railroad bridge by sliding the load on rails and then back to truck.

Transport Unlimited assumed responsibility for the entire process associated with the difficult haul, and directed every detail including: town meetings, security and emergency medical personnel, certified wire lifters, route surveys, parking spaces and road improvements.

Pittsburgh Transformer Rig & Transport Project Details

  • Loaded Height: 18’H
  • Transformer Weight: 300,000 lbs.
  • Gross Weight: 555,000 lbs.