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24 August 2010

Goldhofer has launched a new flatbed semi-trailer for transporting wind power plant blades up to 62 metres long.

The new Goldhofer SPZ-P 3AAA is the first trailer to be designed to carry turbine blades still in their shipping frames, and has the capacity to extend from 20 to 62 metres.

Its deep extendable spine can take a 13-tonne load 10 metres from the front, which is where the frame’s front bolster supports the blade. The rear bolster can then be transported at the extreme rear of the trailer, with the blade extending 10 metres behind it. This increases manoeuvrability and reduces trailer length to 52 metres.
Ivan Collins, Sales Director of Andover Trailers, the sole UK distributor of Goldhofer heavy haulage equipment in the UK and Ireland, says the trailer is likely to be a big hit with wind farm manufacturers and specialist hauliers. The UK has more than 260 wind farms and almost 3,000 turbines – and wind power is its second largest source of renewable energy after biomass.

“No one’s seen anything as impressive as this over here,” says Collins. “Its length is astounding enough – let alone all its special features.”

Goldhofer launches new 62-metre wind blade trailer.

The trailer’s three rows of pendular axles give a steering angle of 60˚, and its hydraulic suspension has an axle stroke of 600 mm, meaning any stress is taken off the blade during off-road transportation.

It has a gross weight of 62 tonnes and a payload of 38.3 tonnes, with a deck height of 1 metre when laden. At a loaded height of approximately 4.3 metres, it can pass through tunnels and under bridges – including through the Elbe tunnel in Hamburg, which saves a long detour on certain continental routes.

Transportation of blades on the new trailer complies fully with all Vestas transport requirements.

Goldhofer is a global specialist in heavy haulage and special transportation, catering for the movement of everything from super-yachts to submarines as well as plant and materials for the mining, construction, chemical and power industries.

For information on the heavy haulage and specialist transport solutions provided by Andover Trailers, contact Ivan Collins at Andover Trailers Ltd, Unit 75, Columbus Way, Walworth Industrial Estate, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 5NP.  Tel:  01264 358 944 or e-mail:   Website: tr

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