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DHL transports 100-tonne brain scanner over six weeks


DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has delivered over land and sea the world's largest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota from the UK.
The journey from Oxford to its destination in the US started in October 2013 and took six weeks. The scanner weighs 100 tonnes and is valued at US$10-20 million.
"Even though we do have a lot of experience in heavyweight cargo transports, this project has really been an interesting challenge for us. Due to its weight, the floor of the warehouse in Oxford had to be reinforced and we used a mega-lift system to get it onto the trailer for transportation.
"Our team planned the transfer for almost two years, including route surveys in the UK and US," explained CEO Industrial Projects, Nikola Hagleitner, in a company statement.
The MRI scanner's journey started from Oxford on an eight-axle trailer towards Antwerp, Belgium, arriving on October 29, 2013. To transport anything of this size and weight in the UK requires a special permit and police escorts at all times to ensure safety on the roads.
From there, the oversized brain scanner was shipped via vessel across the Atlantic and navigated through the Great Lakes to Duluth, Minnesota, on the last ship from Europe in 2013 before the lakes froze over.
After arrival two weeks later, it was loaded onto a 19 axle step deck truck, 200 feet in length, moved by one truck at the front pulling and one at the back pushing.
The last leg of the journey, from Duluth to the University of Minnesota, took two days and the cargo was safely delivered.
The MRI scanner has already been installed at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and will be used for research in high field magnetic resonance imaging as well as for anatomic, physiologic, metabolic, and functional studies in humans and animal models, according to Shipping Gazette.

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