Transportation of an Injector 1 Cyclotron
First part of the shipment from Villigen / Switzerland to the port of Antwerp / Belgium by road.
In the period from September 2017 to May 2018, Orano NCS GmbH successfully transported an Injector 1 Cyclotron in three lots from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen / Switzerland to the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE), Beijing / China via the ports of Antwerp and Shanghai.
The project began in 2013 with initial discussions. The contract for the shipment was signed in 2015 and supplemented in 2016 by a comprehensive technical and logistical concept.
Second part of the shipment from the Port of Antwerp / Belgium to the Port of Shanghai / China by ship.
The loading, welding sealing and stowage and lashing of the radioactive components (UN 2912 and UN 3321) of the Injector 1 in a manner suitable for transportation on heavy haulage trucks and in 20 foot IP 2 containers took place at the beginning of 2017. A total of more than 800 tonnes of material, including the ferrous magnets (with an individual weight of up to 50 tonnes), plus tubes, fittings, valves and switch cabinets and extra-large parts, were packaged securely in containers, so that they could be stowed on the ship in accordance with the regulations of the IMDG Code and the packing guidelines. Transportation by sea to Shanghai came next.
The material was divided into three transport sections In accordance with the logistics concept of Orano NCS GmbH:
The first section in September 2017 consisted of three heavy duty trucks, four trucks to transport oversized parts and two 20 foot containers.
The material was transported from PSI, Villigen / Switzerland via Basle to Hanau and parked there in a secure area, to be taken later across the German / Belgian border to the Port of Antwerp / Belgium.
The load was customs cleared in Antwerp and trans-shipped to a ship belonging to the Chinese shipping company COSCO.
The second transport section consisted of three heavy duty trucks and six 20 foot containers, with the two 50 tonne magnets that had been loaded onto the ship as break bulk.
The third section of the challenging transport movement was a combination of three heavy loads, each more than 50 tonnes, one oversized part and four 20 foot containers to the Port of Antwerp / Belgium and later to Shanghai / China.
The entire transport process, with its subsections, was completed successfully and carried out to the complete satisfaction of our customer.