Transportation of oversized parts for the new Champlain Bridge
Ocean Group – Transportation of oversized parts for the new Champlain Bridge
A marine solution designed for a sizeable problem
Montréal, 2017 – After new rules were imposed by Transport Canada limiting the weight of loads transported on certain parts of the road network infrastructure, including the Turcot interchange and the current Champlain Bridge, the Signature on the St. Lawrence (SSL) consortium calls upon Ocean Group to deliver some parts needed to build the new Champlain Bridge.
Whether for overweight or oversized parts, marine transportation is the ideal solution. Despite the constraints linked to the strong currents and the shallow draft needed in certain areas of the bridge, the barges used to transport the prefabricated concrete segments for the base of the central pillar make it possible to continue the assembly process of the parts manufactured offsite.
The pieces are loaded on wharf 10 at the Port of Sorel. They are placed on barge JMC-185, measuring 180’ × 54’ × 12’, which is towed by the tug DUGA into the St. Lawrence Seaway up to the Champlain Bridge. Unloading is done using a crane placed on the jetty set up on the other side of the waterway.