Massive tank inches its way from Timaru's port to a new home video

JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ

A large storage tank was moved from the Timaru Port to Hayes Street by Jacksons Cranes & Heavy Transport on Wednesday evening.

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.

The tank was moved through the combined efforts of workers at the Port of Timaru and workers from Jackson's Cranes and ...
JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ

The tank was moved through the combined efforts of workers at the Port of Timaru and workers from Jackson's Cranes and Heavy Haulage

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. 

A  large tank was moved from Timaru Port to another location on Hayes Street.
JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ

A large tank was moved from Timaru Port to another location on Hayes Street.

Traffic signs on the port-side railway crossing were temporarily removed as the truck and tank crossed the tracks.

Haulage company owner Dave Jackson confirmed Jackson's had bought the tank but stopped short of saying what it would be used for.

Whatever happened, PrimePort now had some extra space to use.

The tank was 15.5m high by 15.5m wide when placed on the truck.
JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ

The tank was 15.5m high by 15.5m wide when placed on the truck.

PrimePort chief executive Phil Melhopt said the tank had been "redundant" for years.

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The 80-tonne tank was so wide signage had to be removed from rail crossing to allow it to pass.
JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ

The 80-tonne tank was so wide signage had to be removed from rail crossing to allow it to pass.

 - Stuff

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