Almajdouie transporting the 4891 T unit after shipping it from Korea.
Saudi firm wins Guinness for logistics record
Dammam, October 11, 2012
Almajdouie Group, a leading logistics company in Saudi Arabia, said it has become the first company in the Kingdom to enter the Guinness Book of World Record for transporting the heaviest item (41,000 metric tons) by road freight.
A leading transportation, freight forwarding, logistics and distribution firm in Saudi Arabia, Almajdouie said the award is for the transportation of eight evaporator units, each weighing over 4891 T, all the way from the manufacturing unit in South Korea to the project site in Saudi Arabia.
As a sheer feat of engineering, the ambition and execution of the plant is breath taking, said Almajdouie Group president Abdullah Almajdouie and VP Logistics SI Mustafa after receiving the certificate for the “Heaviest Item Moved by Road Freight” from Guinness World Records managing director Alistair Richards in Dammam.
"Observing the whole process from construction and assembly in Korea to its installation 4,700 miles away in Saudi Arabia is a visually powerful story that will capture the viewers’ imagination and create a sense of awe," remarked Almajdouie.
The company later hosted a gala ceremony at Sheraton Hotel to celebrate the historic achievement, which was attended by more than 500 figureheads from the logistics industry.
The heaviest load ever moved in the Middle East, the evaporator is equivalent to a football field in size and with an assumed weight of 5,000 cars. It is 124 meters long, 34 meters wide and 12 meters in height.
Each unit (larger than a football field) was rolled off from the ship that had transported it from the assembly plant in Korea at the tailor-made port in Saudi and then driven two kilometres along desert roads for installation at the plant in Dammam.
By moving this 4891 tons evaporator, the Saudi logistics company had broken its previous record, said Almajdouie.
The Saudi company said it had used a self propelled modular trailer (SPMT) 172 axle lines, 688 double width tyres with a capacity of 6680 tons to carry out the operation.
When it becomes operational in early 2013, the plant will be biggest desalination plant in the world, he added.
Since the beginning of 2012, Almajdouie has moved five of these units of same size and are in the process of moving the last three Evaporators by the end of this year. -TradeArabia News Service