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HEAVY lifting and rigging specialist Vanguard has completed a project for Indian-based fibre company, SRF India. The project involved the complete dismantling of a tyre cord dipping plant in Port Elizabeth, extending to the electrical, mechanical and structural work.

The complete plant was purchased by SRF India and was shipped to Chennai, India late last year, where it will be re-assembled and add to the company’s operations.

Vanguard director, Andrew Nordengen, says the scope of the project also included the crating and packing of the plant into containers for shipping.

“This included 450 tons of machinery and equipment, including six ovens, 20 metres tall, as well as 600 tons of structural steel.

“We began by removing all the machinery first. This was followed by the blowers, furnaces and ovens, with the cladding and building structure dismantled last,” says Nordengen.

The building was 45 metres long, 20 metres wide and 35 metres high, and included a lift.

The structure was removed in sections of 13 metres high, weighing between 11 and 17 tons, and consisted of four to six columns with all bracing and cross beams in place.

These were craned down to the ground and dismantled, making the process more efficient.

All components and equipment were packed into 120 containers, including general purpose, high cube, open top, and flat racks.

Vanguard created a logistics audit trail for the equipment packing by devising lists and photographs of everything prior and post packing.

This ensured that if anything was misplaced during shipping or transport to site, there was extensive documentation to determine in which crate and container it was located, and at what point in the journey it happened. The project was completed a week under deadline with over 60 people on-site working 12 hours per day, seven days a week.

“We had a number of people on-site, including mechanical and structural engineers, packers, riggers, and our subcontractors. We also utilised our 160 ton, 90 ton and 20 ton cranes, as well as a 9 ton pick and carry crane.”


 
 
 
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