Most customers are alive to the fact that, the larger or heavier the load, the longer it takes to arrange the permits and escorts – particularly when several transit countries are involved. Nowadays it is not uncommon for this process to take as long as two or possibly even three months.
What many customers are not aware of is that, once the permits have been granted, the documentation sets out in specific terms the basis on which the specialist transport movement must be performed (i.e. the route, date, timing etc).
In this instance, with a Thermal Oxidiser system on route from Italy to the UK, with the vehicle having a Gross Train Weight of 100 tons, the Swiss authorities determined that transit could only take place on a specific day, once a week, to be completed within a six hour window. In simplistic terms, if we had missed our slot, we would have had to wait another week!
Not the best of situations, particularly when the unit is urgently required – needless to say, we made it!