A double challenge in Ghana

To move a huge suction pile, Ghanaian customer MONPE Ventures put together its orange ModulMAX heavy-duty modules from Faymonville.

The project included two major challenges: the weight and the dimensions of the impressive load. 

“When I first got the request to move the suction pile in a vertical position, I was skeptical to say the least. I had seen this been done before but much smaller”, declared Peter Everett from MONPE Ventures about this non-typical challenge.

Side-by-side was the solution

The suction pile was 8m in diameter, 16m high and weighed 125t. To build the ideal transport configuration, the 16 modular axle lines from Faymonville were assembled side-by-side in a 4-file configuration. A solution that Peter Everett defined together with Faymonville.

“Their engineers came up with this solution. At first, the tipping limits were barely acceptable, so we added 44t counterweights, which reduced the height of the center of gravity a lot and thereby extremely improved these values.”

Customer was impressed by the stability

The piece was fabricated by Belmet 7 inside Takoradi Port. MONPE Ventures transported it from their yard to the quayside at a distance of 3km. Peter Everett: “There are chambers and ruts on the road, but it was extremely stable.

The client was so impressed that a local company had the equipment and support from the manufacturer to do such a job.”

At the quayside, it was loaded on a vessel to be dropped on the sea bed to be used as an anchor for the FPSO (oil platform) in the Ghana oil and gas fields.

Training before handling

Before handling the complicated project, the complete team from MONPE Ventures underwent detailed practical training by Faymonville instructor Jef. Owner Peter Everett is a loyal and satisfied Faymonville customer with a high opinion about the well-known manufacturer.

“We appreciate the trustful relationship and after-sales service, combined with the premium product quality. I thank Faymonville for their support which is far more than just selling you a trailer but real support from engineers, trainers and knowledge that comes with being in the Faymonville family.”

Leading heavy hauler in Africa

Established in 2005, the Ghanaian family company MONPE is a leading specialized and heavy haul transporter in Western Africa. MONPE’s eye-catching orange fleet of heavy-duty modules includes 16 axle lines, two necks and decks, as well as a drawbar and 4-file kit, allowing him to be extremely versatile with regards to a very wide range of transport challenges throughout Western Africa.

Growing market for Faymonville

Faymonville can state that its footprint and market penetration on the African continent have grown consistently over the years, making it an important pillar in their worldwide network.

Several hundred units were delivered. Besides heavy-duty modules, numerous semi-trailers, extendable flatdecks, dollies and further specialized solutions from Faymonville help to move machinery and project cargo safely and successfully in Africa.

ModulMAX heavy duty modules can be coupled not only with each other (lengthwise and crosswise), but also with numerous transport fixtures.
The team from Monpe Ventures (far right: owner Peter Everett) was given detailed training by Faymonville instructor Jef (far left) prior to the project.
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