Size matters as column box reaches destination


Nicknamed ‘Nelson’s Column II’, Britain’s largest load movement of a column box took place in early October as Air Products Plc (UK) transported the huge equipment from one site to another during a two-day operation.

At around 84m in length, the column box forms part of a large cryogenic air separation plant eventually bound for Ontario, Canada.

Using two 12 axle trailers, the large unit was transported 46 miles from Air Products’ manufacturing facility in Acrefair, North Wales to a site at Ellesmere Port on 11th October.

Given the massive weight and size of the column box and tractor units, the movement route and transport equipment were chosen because they had adequate strength to accommodate the imposed load. With safety a top priority, Air Products’ engineers worked closely with the Highways Agency and other interested parties such as the Police, local authorities and bridge owners, to get an official ‘all clear’ for the move.

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