UPDATE: Argentia module delivery a mammoth move

Steve Bartlett
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The module has made it to the barge.

It just motored a kilometre or two uninterrupted and now sits on the Argentia Management Authority dock.

It will be driven onto the barge at round 3 p.m. when sea conditions should be just right.

It'll leave Argentia Saturday afternoon, tides and winds pending.

The expected sailing time is two hours.

Project manager John Kennedy was relieved and comforted because GJ Cahill soon has to transport another module the same way.

"It went really smooth," he said of this morning's transport.


The module has just been transported over patched road through the Marine Atlantic gates.

It's moving faster than you might think.


Module is now temporarily stopped as crews level off roads and ensure power lines are down.

It's being moved by a company named Mammoet, which is fittingly is Dutch for mammoth.

The firm does this kind of work around the world.

Ensuring the roads are level and power lines are out of the way are priorities.


A mammoth move is underway in Argentia.

Just before 9 a.m., GJ Cahill began transferring a 432-tonne module from the Metal World yard to a barge at the Argentia Management Authority base, about two kilometres away. The barge will move it to Long Harbour.

The module is a filter for the mineral refining process. Standing about five storeys high, it is being moved over the road by heavy-lift multi-wheels — basically remote controlled flatbeds. It is expected to take a few hours to reach the barge.

"It's really cool to see it moving," said engineer Aimee Trahey.

More details to come.

Organizations: Argentia Management Authority

Geographic location: Long Harbour

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