Train hard, bridge easy
By Maj. Ladislav Ruzicka
Croatia - Bailey Bridge Training was held for the Spanish engineers of
MND-SE in the Port of Ploce, Croatia, Oct. 9-13.
Ravno Bridge will be the latest in the Donor Bridge Programme (DBP), which
facilitates the return of Displaced Persons and Refugees (DPRE) in selected
areas. The first 25-meter-long bridge was constructed in Beisici (MND-N)
the first week of July, the second 12-meter-long bridge was built in Cajnice
(MND-SE) during the end of July.
Spanish engineers from the divisional engineer unit participated in the
course. Many of them are experienced bridge-builders, originating from
a specialist bridging unit in the Spanish Army 12th Pontoon Regiment of
Bridging Specialist Engineers - (Regimiento de Pontoneros y Especialidades
de Ingenieros No 12). But periodic revision is essential especially when
such a major project is about to be started.
Hungarian Engineer Contingent have developed expertise over many years
in Bosnia and for that reason Hungarians provided seven instructors for
the course. The HELBA Transport unit delivered the bridge material for
the course from Material Management Unit (MMU) in North Port Split to
Ploce," said Hoskin.
am responsible for giving all necessary information about the bridge construction,
quality of the training and, of course, for respecting all precautionary
measures. But Spanish engineers are hard workers and they practise properly.
They are really good specialists," he said.
can explain everything because I can say our instructions in English to
one Spanish Engineer, who provides translation for his colleagues,"
instructors are very skilled and experienced. We have only small language
problems, but we are all engineers, so we can understand a lot,"