Making miles at night: transport escort of a special kind.
Being part of such a large-scale transportation project was an experience our trainee will not forget any time soon. As a member of the project team, he had already assisted in the contract award process, taking on responsibilities such as preparing the proposal, contacting the authorities to secure the required permits and assigning a route analysis. Then came the most exciting part: personally escorting the vehicle during the journey. After helping the project manager check whether any damage had occurred on the inland waterway leg, the freight was transferred to special transporters and secured. All systems go! Due to its size and the speed restrictions, the heavy-haul vehicle could not get rolling until after 10 pm-unusual working hours, and not just for trainees. Roads had to be closed and bridges crossed. Without a detailed route analysis containing all the key information about potential obstacles, a challenge like this could hardly have been met. Five hours and many bridges, intersections and bends later, the consignment had reached its first destination: customs, where the imported goods were registered the next day. Then a crane unloaded the plant components. Mission accomplished! One thing is clear: the vital importance of spot-on organization for projects of this size and complexity. After all, even the smallest of obstacles, if left unaccounted for, could jeopardize the entire undertaking. For trainees with plenty of initiative coupled with the desire to take on responsibility and a clear focus on achieving goals, it is just the challenge they have been waiting for.