Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mercedes Actros - comparison shopping

If you need to comparison shop between the civilian and militarized versions of the Mercedes Actros, this is an ideal time to do it.

Since I returned to Halifax in September  this big Fahrenholtz Actros and its multi-tired heavy lift trailer have been sitting the the parking lot at Pier 29 in the Port of Halifax.
An arrangement with local operator Mills Heavy Hauling and Germany's Fahrenholtz, has brought Mercedes Actros to Halifax before: in September 2014September 2011 and November 2014

But this a newer and bigger twin steer version:

Then on October 3 the Icelandic ship Reykjafoss unloaded several militarized Actros variants at nearby Pier 36. How they came to be brought here by an Icelandic ships remains to be explained.

The Canadian military acquired 86 of these beasts, named Armored Heavy Support Vehicles. Although they were secured on flat deck shipping containers, they were poorly tarped and must have received a real salt water washdown while in transit.

I have seen this type in Halifax before too: in November 2012 and December 2012

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