Video Portal – Our job is our passion

From a few transports that have been planned and organized by the DACO-group, short but very interesting video clips have been produced. We have taken the liberty to put them in the net and you may watch them through this video portal. We hope that you find the transports challenging and the films interesting and we are open for any additional questions or comments. Have fun watching the films.

Blackjack Creek Wind Farm

DAKO Worldwide Transport GmbH jointly with our close partners have delivered 150 x 77.5 m long blades from Mexico and US Ports to the Black Jack Creek windfarm in Texas, US.

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DAKO Worldwide Transport GmbH jointly with our close partners have delivered 150 x 77.5 m long blades from Mexico and US Ports to the Black Jack Creek windfarm in Texas, US.

Power Plant for Bahamas

DAKO’s first working day of 2021 started with the transports and foundation deliveries of 4 Engines on New Providence, Bahamas…

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DAKO’s first working day of 2021 started with the transports and foundation deliveries of 4 Engines on New Providence, Bahamas. For that purpose DAKO WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT GMBH mobilized a 9 axle PST trailer along with Jack&Slide equipment temporarily from the US mainland. Thanks to an excellent preparation and teamwork with our customer we successfully executed the job within just 11 days. Considering these difficult times that is what we call FAST TRACK.

Beach Landing / Barbados

DAKO WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT GMBH has concluded the transportation and foundation delivery of power plant equipment to the island of Barbados in the Caribbean Sea…

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… Due to several weak bridges on the route from port of Bridgetown to the site and heavy reinforcement costs, DAKO proposed a beach landing operation about 11 nautical miles north of Bridgetown in order to avoid all bridges and shorten the road transport to site to just 2km.

Other obstacles such as the relocation of breeding sea turtles and very strict COVID-19 protocols were successfully accomplished, a temporary roll-off ramp and a completely new road was built according to the environmental requirement of the Barbadian authorities and to connect the beach with the public road network.

A 2000 ton oean deck barge with Ro/Ro facilities was deployed by DAKO's partner from Colombia along with the necessary modular trailer and a 500 ton capacity gantry system in order to arrange 4 individual barge trips and road transports to move the engines from port to construction site for final assembly into its base frame and coupling to the generators.

Finally, the assembled gen-sets were slid onto its foundations and the entire operation was executed successfully even during the hurricane and rainy season.

Transformers for Power Distribution in Dakar / Senegal

DAKO LTW AFRICA Ltd., a joint venture company formed by DAKO WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT GMBH from Germany and its local partner Consortium LTW of Dakar / Senegal, …

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… has transported 3 heavy transformers with unit weights of 150 tons from under ship’s hook Dakar port to the power distribution substation Kounoune / Patte d’Oie in the outskirts of Dakar.

The scope included the receiving in the port of Dakar, the transport to the to the substation, jacking down, installing the respective wheels and delivering to the final place of rest as indicated by the client.

The transport was done by local and foreign specialists. In spite of the restrictions due to Covid-19 which made the whole operation more difficult, the transformers however have been delivered to the final place of rest in time and to the full satisfaction of the client ELECNOR, the Spanish EPC-Contractor for the local SENELEC.

Brikama II / Gambia

DAKO LTW AFRICA Ltd., a joint venture company formed by DAKO WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT GMBH from Germany and its local partner Consortium LTW of Dakar / Senegal, …

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… was nominated to transport engines weighing each 190 tons + generators and the respective accessories from Europe via the port of Rotterdam to the Brikama II power plant in Gambia.

The main challenge of this project was the local transportation from vessel arriving in Banjul port up to the construction site including the delivery of the heavy components onto the foundations. For this the DAKO LTW AFRICA Ltd. maintains in West Africa the necessary equipment including 20 Goldhofer hydraulic axles of modern design, a 600 HP MAN heavy duty prime mover and especially designed for the use in Africa DAKO's own 400 ton capacity jacking and sliding system to securely deliver the heavy engines from arriving trailer onto the foundation inside the power plant.

Another problem of the transportation was a long bridge between the port of Banjul and the final construction site of which unfortunately no detailed information regarding capacity was available. So DAKO arranged for the respective calculations through specialists in Germany. The whole transportation and the site delivery was terminated in time and without any damage to the cargo equipment or environment and to the entire satisfaction of the client.

The execution of this transport and the free-site delivery was done in June / July 2019 during the very warm period and just before the start of the rainy season. The operation was prepared and executed by engineers of the DAKO organization jointly with the managing director of DAKO LTW AFRICA Ltd.

El Morro / Colombia

Six heavy main components weighing about 100 tons as well as further 10,000 frt were transported successfully inspite of "El Niño" in two part shipments from Europe…

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…to free site / free foundation in the Colombian mountains by DAKO WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT GMBH. Because shortly before many roads and bridges were destroyed by the “El Niño”-Phenomenon, DAKO had to organize the transport as RoRo-operation with two barges on a confluent to the Orinoco River and to rehabilitate about 60km of dirt road to allow the heavy transport of the first part shipment consisting of two main components to pass. Also the transport of the second part shipment was not easier because the prior route was not permitted and therefore new overbridges and river crossings had to be found. A highly complex logistical task captured by camera and drone.

Blade Lifter / Guatemala

Our sister Company DACO HEAVY LIFT DE CENTROAMERICA S.A., the leading transport company for special heavy and bulky transports south of Mexico …

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… and north of Colombia, executed the transport of a wind park to a very remote area on the slopes of the still active Pacaya volcano in Guatemala. The new hydraulically operated Blade Lifter proved to be the right answer to the serpentine road and avoided tremendous costs widening the road.

Enjoy watching this interesting movie.

La Chorrera / Panama

New power station, total output 50 MW driven by 3 heavy engines, each 300 tons – complete with generators, condensers, transformers from north and south Europe …

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… up to the foundations in the power plant in the northwest of Panama. Ocean transport to Cristobal, heavy cargo pontoon transport, passage through the Panama Canal, along the Pacific coast up northwest, construction of a jetty into the Pacific ocean, roll off operation, bridge reinforcements, over-bridge systems, cable renewal and lifting, etc. A greatly complex logistic mission.

Power Plant Chimaltenango / Guatemala

This power plant was erected in the outskirts of the city of Chimaltenango in the Guatemalan mountains on a high plateau more than 1800m above sea level …

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… The ocean transport of the 4 heavy diesel engines with unit weights of 260 tons was executed from St. Nazaire in France to Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala. The main problem of the transport of the heavy engines and generators to the jobsite was to investigate and find a feasible transport route from Puerto Quetzal to the jobsite, to obtain the transport permits from the local authorities for the chosen route and of course to organize the transport. The most difficult task of the on-carriage in Guatemala was a steep slope with a length of 9 km and a gradient of up to 17.5.% into the Central American Cordillera. This needed a special technical organization and a hydraulic trailer combination as shown on the video. In addition several bridges had to be supported or had to be crossed using the over-bridge system of DACO HEAVY LIFT Guatemala. The overall service included heavy duty rigging works at the jobsite – assembling the engines with the basic frame and generator – as well as the foundation delivery of all heavy items.

Power plant Garabito / Costa Rica

11 heavy diesel engines with unit weights of 325 tons each and dimensions of 13,70m x 4,95m x 6,60m plus the generators, …

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… transformers and equipment for this diesel power station (a total of 45.000 frt) have been shipped by DAKO WORLDWIDE from origins from all over the world to Costa Rica, customs clearance and on-carriage to the jobsite incl. the delivery of the heavy lifts onto foundation, roughly aligned, have been handled by the sister companies DACOTRANS Costa Rica and DACO HEAVY LIFT Guatemala. Never before and thereafter such heavy pieces have been transported in Costa Rica. The infrastructure of the country – roads and bridges - did not have sufficient capacity to allow these transports on normal roads. Despite of this: The power station works today.

Oil exploration platform to the Caspian Sea

The DACO-group has handled the transport of an oil exploration platform from the wharf in Singapore to Baku in the Caspian Sea …

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… The platform was delivered in pre-fabricated pieces whereof the 2 pontoons with unit weights of 2350 tons each were the biggest challenge. The transport route taken: from Singapore through the Suez channel, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean, through the Bosporus into the Black Sea. In the Black Sea the pontoons were discharged and the on-carriage was arranged with tug boats on the Don, through the Volga-Don-channel – the bottleneck of this transport as in the logs there were only a few centimeters space on each side – and then down the Volga into the Caspian Sea to Baku / Azerbaijan.