Massive tank inches its way from Timaru's port to a new home
There are wide loads - and then there's this one.
An 80 tonne storage tank made a one kilometre journey from Timaru's port to a once-vacant section on Hayes St on Wednesday night.
It was a short haul but it was far from a simple trek for a sizeable tank that was once filled with heavy bitumen.
Jackson's Cranes and Heavy Haulage used a 250 tonne truck, recently imported from Australia, to shift the tank to its new home.
The truck - appropriately named Australian Crawl - inched forward at what amounted to a rate of about 1km an hour to finish the job just after 8.10pm.
The 15.5m wide and 15.5m high tank dwarfed the truck and all of the of the buildings it passed along the way.
Traffic signs on the port-side railway crossing were temporarily removed as the truck and tank crossed the tracks.
Whatever happened, PrimePort now had some extra space to use.
PrimePort chief executive Phil Melhopt said the tank had been "redundant" for years.