Throughout the course of the project, ATS’ in-house teams planned routes and secured 127 individual over-dimensional permits for 27 loads and coordinated 64 pilot car and 16 state patrol escorts. The use of in-house resources saved time and ensured seamless communication throughout the project. The expertise under one roof allowed the manufacturer to avoid problematic jurisdictions, ensuring uninterrupted movement of the loads to the destination.
The primary challenge with the over-dimensional loads was the unique length, height and weight combination of the components in each load. A 13-axle perimeter deck trailer was determined to be the best solution in order to keep the height down. That specific trailer allowed the overall height of each load to remain under 15 feet, keeping the cargo safe and minimizing permitting time and expense.
To facilitate the JIT delivery protocol — in addition to online load tracking — ATS provided the customer with load location updates two times each day via phone calls and a detailed tracking spreadsheet. The spreadsheet was shared with the manufacturer daily to assist with coordination of cranes, along with the unloading and installation schedules.
Drawing from an extensive fleet of equipment and experienced Drivers, the customer had ongoing access to a large pool of tractors, trailers* and specially qualified Drivers throughout the project.
*To support this customer base’s ongoing expansion needs, ATS is currently investing in additional specialized 13-axle trailer equipment to support future moves of this size and weight.