The vessel takes just over five days to reach the island from Walvis and about eight days on the return. The current cycle period is around 22 days.”
Once complete the concrete runway will be 1,950m long and the terminal building, air traffic tower and fire station will all be around 2,500m2. Hard at work are four EC700DL excavators, 20 A40F haulers, four A30E hauler-based container carriers, two G940 graders, six A30Es converted to water trucks, two A30E haulers, a EC360B excavator with breaker, a EW140C excavator, four SD200X compactors, a L120F loader and EC290 excavator.
“We chose the Volvo machines because of the price, delivery time and quality – as quality is what Volvo is famous for,” says Roelof Van Der Merwe, equipment director for Basil Read. “The machines are front line equipment and crucial to maintain our schedule. We are very positive and impressed with the machinery. At full production we will be working approximately two 10-hour shifts with four teams. Each team will have a 70 tonne excavator and five 40 tonne haulers plus ancillary machines such as graders, dozers and water trucks. At peak times, we expect to work six days a week.”
Dynamic Volvo Customer Support
Prior to the main equipment landing ashore, Volvo CE’s independent South African dealer, Babcock, had service personnel, technicians and parts personnel already in place on the island. Furthermore, Volvo is backing up this team with a technical supervisor for the project. A second delivery by the freighter NP Glory 4 landed a further 15 Volvo A40F articulated haulers, three additional Volvo EC700C excavators and three SD200DX single drum soil compactors.
Picture1: Volvo march along the hillside
Picture2: Basil Read’s ship transports Volvo CE
machinery to the island
Picture3: A Volvo grader starts its journey up the
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