Mega Transports (Series 1)
6 x 60'
Everyone knows heavy haulage: large parts are transported on big trucks with yellow warning lights on streets. However, all that is "peanuts" compared to our MEGA TRANSPORTS: heavier, larger, more complicated and more unusual. These transports require pinpoint planning, which can only take place in certain time slots or with special safety precautions, and for which large teams plan months in advance before things are ready.
Each episode accompanies such an exceptional transport and shows the detailed planning, the preparation of the cargo by disassembling, stabilizing, protecting - and then the special moment when the goods are loaded and taken to their destinations via complicated paths (bottlenecks on roads, overhead lines, extreme conditions, rough seas). The finale of each episode is when the cargo is unloaded and put to use at the new location.
Episode 1 accompanies a bunch of highly valuable luxury yachts on their way across the Atlantic on a special yacht carrier: The “Yacht Express” is a semi-submersible transport ship. That means: It can flood its cargo deck, so that the yachts can float into it carefully. Then, special divers take over: Their job is to secure the cargo, worth millions, safely underwater so that they can travel safely to the Mediterranean.
Episode 2 shows the unique transportation of an ultra-class dump truck, that cannot simply drive on streets, as the asphalt would immediately burst. A very special transport solution has been created by the international heavy transport experts from “Mammoet”. But: the job has to be finished before rush-hour on the highway…
Episode 3 features the conveyance of the fourth-largest cruise ship in the world – as it is build in a hangar on dry land, 50 kilometres away from the open sea. The “Norwegian Joy” has to negotiate its channel through the shallow and narrow River Ems – with only a few centimetres of water under her keel. The gigantic cruise liner first has to leave its dry dock unscathed before faceing her first true test. A route full of obstacles lie ahead of her: the dock lock gate, two bridges and, last but not least, the Ems Barrier. Conveyance can only succeed, when the water level is high enough there.
In Episode 4, the famous Antonov An-124 has to bring a highly valuable generator safely around the world, 11,000 kilometres from England to South Korea. Loading this aircraft is an art, only well trained specialists can do it. On its way to Seoul, the An-124 must stop three times to fuel up and to check the status of the cargo. The cargo plane itself must also be thoroughly checked after every landing. The technicians make small repairs right at the gate. But after 4000 flight hours, a general overhaul is necessary, so we jump to the hangar of Antonov Airlines in Kiev, to see how maintainance work is going. But: the crew does not suspect, what difficulties await them at their destination…
Episode 5 shows how it can be possible to move an entire village in the north of Sweden, as it has to make room for a mine. Because many of the houses are of a high cultural value, the governmental mining company wants to move them in one piece. The preparations for the “housemove-manoeuvre times ten” last several months – and require everything from man and machine…
In Episode 6, we travel with the record-braking containership “OOCL HONG KONG” on her maiden voyage. Everything happens for the first time: the captain, the pilots and the harbour crew have never before manoeuvred a giant ship like this. Berthing, loading, steering: Risky manoeuvres, which have never been tested before. On her route from Asia to Europe, the “OOCL HONG KONG” stops in Singapore to load more containers on board, before she passes the Suez Canal. Will the risky maneouvre succeed?
||Conveyance of the Norwegian Joy