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A 300-ton reactor vessel bound for Plant Vogtle was stranded ... in south Georgia ... after a malfunction with the specially designed rail car moving the nuclear component from Savannah to Burke County.

“The platform that contained the RV (reactor vessel) during transport became misaligned with the Schnabel railcar, so the railcar stopped immediately,” said Georgia Power Co. spokesman Mark Williams. “The platform and car were realigned the same day and safely returned to the port.”

Georgia Power officials said the malfunction occurred less than a mile from the port of Savannah.

The steel vessel, which weighs more than the Statue of Liberty, was built in South Korea and took three years to complete. It left aboard a transport ship that took the component to the Port of Savannah.

... Dec. 15 attempt to move the vessel by rail was aborted after the vessel traveled less than a mile aboard a specially designed transport car, which was then returned to its storage site at the Port of Savannah.

The RV is still sitting at the Port of Savannah. Must be a big problem as to how to get the RV across the swamps to the Vogtle site. I think this RV issue will make more news. Will they need to dredge the river to barge the RV to the site or will they need to rebuild the rail line to carry the weight.
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