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Hitachi Transport System

Transportation of Large-Scale Power Generation Equipment for North America

An inland construction project of a thermal power plant in the United States. For this project, a private cargo unloading dock was constructed on the Missouri River in the vicinity of the power plant, allowing for an increase in the unit size of the transported items. This played a big role in the success of the project, as we could restrict the amount of items that needed to be broken up into smaller parts, greatly reducing the transportation project time-frame, and leading to a significant reduction in the overall power plant construction costs.

Customer's Challenges

  • Because of the narrow access path to the installation site, the transportation of the heavy and ultra-large cargo was expected to be extremely difficult.
  • Due to the high labor cost and strong labor unions in the U.S., the prospect of a strike was a major cause for concern. Should the domestic transportation get delayed with a strike or any other reasons, it was expected to have a big impact on the construction schedule and the overall cost of the power plant project.

How Hitachi Transport System Solved Them

Key Points
  • We built a dedicated wharf in the vicinity of the construction site, which enabled the mass transportation of the products in large units.
  • The greater efficiency from the mass transportation reduced the risk of the construction period getting prolonged and realized a significant decrease of the total cost in the end.
  • We centrally managed the entire transportation project till the end, eliminating the strike risks within the United States.
River bank before construction

River bank before construction

Unloading work being carried out at the completed wharf

Unloading work being carried out at the completed wharf

After construction of dedicated wharf

After construction of dedicated wharf

The transportation project period was drastically shortened, thanks to the ability to transport cargos in large units. The initial construction costs of the temporary quay were more than offset by the overall cost-efficiency savings seen by the client.

As part of our feasibility study of this quay construction approach, careful consideration was given to checking the water levels and closing period of the Missouri River, as well as the procedure for acquiring a construction permit. We also maintained close contact with local governments and the US Army to seek licensing agreements, as well as environmental protection groups to seek advance approval for the project.