On April 27, 2019, Omega Morgan received a significant honor at the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association. At the association’s annual conference in Carlsbad, California, our Portland team was recognized with the Hauling Job of the Year award in the “trucking in less than 160,000 lbs.” category for its work transporting three ozone contact tanks 39 miles across Oregon.

This award came for this hauling job that was challenging not in its load weight or impressive size, but the timeline with which it had to be accomplished. The mission: move three stainless steel ozone tanks, each 22 feet in diameter, for 39 miles across Oregon from Hillsboro to Newberg. We received the job with a five week notice.

The first week was spent scouting potential routes and evaluating the viability of the project. Concerns surrounding low-hanging power lines and traffic lights led to extensive planning sessions with six local authorities. Within two days, we had found an optimal and minimally invasive route.

To minimize the height of the loads, our team built custom saddles for each tank that dropped their bottoms closer to the surface of the road, with holes cut to accommodate nozzles protruding from the tanks. Our half-mile long convey made its way across the 39 miles of rural landscape with six pilot cars and six bucket trucks, which pulled and moved electric lines where needed to ensure safe passage.

Thanks to careful planning and precise execution, our team delivered all three ozone tanks to their destination without incident. In total, we spent more than 2,000 man hours to plan and execute the complex haul across narrow roads to complete the project on time and on budget.

The complexity of this move was recognized in Carlsbad at the SC&RA conference in front of its more than 1,400 members. Firms across the United States and the world submit dozens of entries to the competition each year, and our first-place finish showcases the excellence in specialized transports that our team has become known for.

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Omega Morgan's Erik Zander stands holding a trophy on stage as one of three winners of the 2019 Specialized Carriers and Rigging Awards Hauling Job of the Year winners