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- [Narrator] Mankind has built huge structures

for the sea, land, and for the air.

For every massive object, you need another one

to transport it.

And some of these constructions are the most

awe-inspiring of all.

- [Title Voice] Amazing!

- [Narrator] Number Ten.

Slag Pot Transporter

Kamag's Slag Pot Transporter may not sound like

the most glamorous vehicle on the list.

But, it packs tons of its own tech

and toughness into its iron hide.

The unique challenge Kamag faced when designing

the titanic transporter was enabling it

to carry super-hot 1300 degree centigrade molten slag

from the smelting process safely and efficiently

from the incinerators to coolers.

Special vehicle manufacturer Kamag rose to the task

of constructing a new leading vehicle in this field.

And the 82-ton transporter they created measures

11.9 meters long by 7.7 meters wide

and 4.3 meters high.

With a capacity of no less than 130 tons,

it can carry a good portion more than its own weight.

Maneuvering a truck like this is a highly responsible

and complex task.

And therefore, the Kamag truck is packed full of

technical innovations, in that it has

a state of the art, automatic, smooth and reliable gearbox,

digital monitoring systems,

and highly flexible steering systems.

Number nine.

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft transported through LA.

Space shuttle Endeavor's final journey was, perhaps,

insignificant compared to its missions

to the International Space Station.

In its awesome history, it completed 25 missions

with a total of 299 days spent orbiting Earth

a total of 4,671 times.

Even so, it's last voyage, dubbed mission 26,

presented an insane logistical challenge in its own right.

Endeavor was retired to the California Science Center

where it's become the museum's center piece

set to inspire new generations of astronauts and explorers.

Its final journey began on the back of the Boeing 747,

a famous sight in itself.

And the aircraft's pilots Jeff Moultrie

and Bill Reich flew the shuttle over California's

landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge

in San Francisco, and NASA's Ames Research Center

at Moffett Field.

After landing at Los Angeles, the spacecraft's journey

to the museum took three days to complete

for a distance of just 14 kilometers.

The shuttle, its fuel tank and other parts,

weighed in at 144 tons.

And it took a 160-wheeled carrying device

to transport it through LA streets.

Trees, lamp posts and many other obstacles had

to be removed as the shuttle was tentatively

driven to its final resting place surrounded

by a vast entourage of spectators.

Number eight.

Huge Boulder.

Many weird and wonderful tasks

have been carried out in the name of art.

But moving a 340-ton boulder wasn't at the top

of anyone's list until Michael Heizer

designed Levitated Mass, where visitors could walk

through a large, concrete trough

under a huge suspended boulder.

The boulder, located in Riverside County, California,

was transported to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

almost 100 miles away.

It was loaded onto a 176-wheeled transporter

which then navigated the huge distance at night

whilst roads were temporarily closed.

Number 7.

Transporting The World's Biggest Turbine.

If you've ever looked at a jumbo jet's turbine

and marveled at its size,

then Harriet trumps it in every way, shape and form.

It's the world's largest and most efficient gas turbine,

and converts gas to electricity with

an astounding efficiency rate of 61% when combined

with a steam turbine.

It achieves its amazing efficiency through technology

originally developed for jet engines.

Harriet weighs in at 400 tons, a world champion

that people in France turned out to see roadside

much akin to their Tour de France.

But this world champion only reached

a top speed of 10 miles per hour.

It was transported from Belfort to Bouchain

over 330 miles away.

And such a complex, vastly expensive

and tremendously important construction

had to be transported to absolute perfection.

The convoy was 109 meters in length,

6.6 meters wide, and 6 meters high,

weighing in at 800 tons in total.

The turbine was carried on 14 rows

of triple-tired axles and every element

of its construction was scrutinized

over the three years it took to plan the journey.

So fine was the planning

that computer models were generated

to assess bridges and bypasses

as well as nuances in the road's camber,

its elevation, and its surface quality.

Local councils were even instructed

to improve many roads to prepare for it.

From Strasbourg, the turbine was taken down rivers

until it reached the energy plant for installation.

And once it was running, it created 600 megawatts

of power to power 700,000 french homes.

Number 6.

1,048 Tonne Reactor

One name which will be cropping up when

discussing super-heavy haulage

and transportation is Mammoet,

who are the world's super-heavy transport elites.

They've been taking on board all manner

of near-impossible haulage task.

And one such mega challenge was shifting

Samsung's Saudi Arabia's 1,048-ton reactor

from its factory in Dammam

to a petrochemical plant in Shaybah.

The journey is 1,080 miles,

a huge distance in itself.

But the real brutality of this task

lies in the terrain that Mammoet had

to navigate to achieve their goal.

The Rub' al Khali desert is the largest

continuous sand desert in the world.

And in summer, the temperature can

swing between 50 degrees centigrade

to zero, sub-zero.

Not to mention frequent, vicious sandstorms.

Mammoet's huge convoy set off

with a crew nearing the hundreds.

Ten trucks and a huge, hydraulic trailer system

which would carry the reactor itself.

They navigated roads which were

barely seven meters wide,

had to remove many low power lines

and coordinate the vast convoy

over the crest of sand dunes

which had slopes of up to eight percent.

To top it all off, 500 kilomters

of the journey was completed void

of human settlement meaning

the entire convoy had to be self sufficient

on water, food and other provisions.

Number five.


Moving buildings has never been

an easy proposition.

How do you uproot the foundations

and carry a building intact?

It seems like an impossible task for anything.

But San Antonio made history in the 80s

when they moved the Fairmount Hotel

half a mile downtown to a new location,

even crossing a bridge in the process.

The hotel, once built as a luxury-boutique hotel

for railroad passengers was ordered

to be conserved rather than demolished

and relocation seemed like the best way

to preserve the hotel's historical value.

The hotel, which weighed 1,360 tons

was gutted, beamed together

and locked into one large shell

before the structure was heaved

by a cable and pulley system with

hydraulic lifts, cranes and trucks.

It took six days, a world-record-breaking feat

which was big news in over 30 countries.

Number 4.

NASA Crawler Transporter.

NASA's crawler transporter is an awe-inspiring form

with its huge, lumbering, caterpillar tracks.

When it's loaded with a shuttle

it looks even more imposing.

And the staggering weight these have carried

extends all the way up to 5,500 tons

for the mighty Saturn V rocket.

The transporter itself has a weight of 2,721 tons.

The crawler, as of 2003, is powered

by 16 traction motors which are

powered by four 1,000 kW generators

in turn, driven by two

2,750 hp V-16 diesel engines.

Its fuel tanks hold 19,000 liters of diesel

and it burns an outrageous 296 liters per kilometer.

At a speed of 1.6 kilometers per hour,

these take three hours to get from the hangars

to the launch complexes and since 1965,

they've traveled a total of 5,500 kilometers

which is enough to get from Miami to Seattle.

Number three.

Largest Land Vehicle Ever, Bagger 293.

The Bagger 293 is a ridiculously large vehicle.

It really makes you double take

because it's just so damn large.

In fact, it weighs no less than 14,000 tons,

requiring a staggering 16.56 megawatts

to power from a huge external power source.

This behemoth has a top speed

of one third of a mile per hour.

The Bagger destroyed NASA's crawler's record

for the biggest land vehicle

and currently holds the Guinness world record.

So, why was there a need to build such a might machine?

The Bagger wasn't initially intended

to be a mobile machine.

It was instead made mobile as

it was considered cheaper than

deconstructing the machine

to just reconstruct it at another mining site.

Its construction cost $100 million

and took five years to design and manufacture.

And then five years to assemble.

The amazing stats don't end there.

It requires a crew of five

and it can move 240,000 cubic meters.

That's 218,880 tons of soil per day

amounting to 2,500 full truckloads

or the equivalent of an entire

full-size football field dug

to a hundred feet deep each day.

Number 2.

Goliat Oil Rig Platform.

So far, we've looked at land transportation.

But this example looks at sea transportation.

And though it's obvious that far more can be pulled at sea,

64,000 tons is still a mean feat.

In fact, this is an entire oil rig platform

which was transported 15,600 nautical miles

from South Korea to the remote Norwegian city Hammerfest.

The platform was transported over 63 days

on one of the largest vehicles ever built,

A semi-submersible ship named the Dockwise Vanguard,

able to carry up to 117,000 tons.

That's eight Bagger 293's

which are the world's largest land vehicles.

The Dockwise Vanguard is a behemoth

with a length of 275 meters.

It cost a staggering 250 million dollars to build.

And it's the largest, heavy-lift ship ever built.

The Goliat platform itself is a feat of modern engineering,

designed to withstand the Bering Sea's icy storms

and extreme weathering

while keeping its operators perfectly safe.

The complete oil field will yield

up to 100,000 oil barrels every single day.

Number one.

Cargo Ships.

The battle of the seas biggest ship

is a real clash of the titans.

There are so many absolutely huge vessels out there

and many really are hard to get your head around.

Perhaps none more than the OOCL Germany

and the CSCL Globe which both nearly measure

a breathtaking 400 meters

and weigh in at almost 200,000 tons.

They can both carry over 200,000 tons of cargo

or over 20,000 20-foot shipping units.

However, there is one ship that beats these

by a shocking 88 meters.

The Prelude FLNG, a liquified, natural gas platform

which currently holds the record

for the biggest offshore construction ever.

It's almost twice as long as the Titanic

and two and a half times wider,

dwarfing just about every other construction

on earth besides the largest skyscrapers.

Even then, it's still taller than the Empire State Building,

the Shanghai World Financial Center

and the Petronas Towers.

With a gross tonnage of 310,000 tons

and a construction cost of 10 billion dollars or more,

it's going to take something truly out of this world

to beat this absolute monster of a vehicle.

The huge feats we've accomplished

are a testament to our iron will as humans.

Which one amazed you the most?

Do you know of any more?

Let me know in the comment section down below.

Thanks for watching.

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