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Fire Truck in Tokyo lifted using Modulift Spreader Beams

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Nakamura Industry Co. Ltd., a Japanese lifting gear company, along with its client, has successfully hoisted a 21-ton fire truck using Modulift spreader beams from a port in Tokyo to an adjacent island.

During the operation, the customer utilized three Modulift spreader beams, including one MOD 34 at a span of 6.5m attached to the crane hook via wire rope slings, and two MOD 24 spreader beams suspended beneath at 3.5m. The spreader beams were configured in a one-over-two pattern, offering four lifting points over the wheels.

The two bottom spreader beams were equipped with chain block hoists affixed to drop links at the end of each beam to secure the center of gravity. The hoists were connected to specially designed webbing slings beneath the wheels, allowing for secure loading and unloading of the vehicle onto the vessel for transport. The same spreader beam configuration was disassembled and used to unload the vehicle at its destination, where it will now serve the local airport.

To lift the 21-ton Oshkosh-made chemical fire truck, Nakamura’s client utilized a crane owned by shipping firm Tokai Kisen Co Ltd. The truck was transported to the neighboring island of Hachijojima, which is located 287km south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean.

Nakamura Industry Co. Ltd., which is located in Osaka, is a distributor of Modulift spreader beams and maintains a stock ranging from 6 to 100 tons for prompt delivery. They also supply a variety of items, including wire rope and synthetic slings, hooks, and shackles. 

Sumihide Haruta, Senior Sales Manager at Nakamura Industry Co., Ltd. commented: “The flexible design of the Modulift spreader beams ensured our customer could rig the safest configuration to lift the fire truck successfully. The beams were shipped with the fire truck making it easy to disassemble, ship and reassemble the beams before offloading.”

Sarah Spivey, Managing Director of Modulift said: “Modulift spreader beams are portable, lightweight and easy to transport and store. They were the ideal lifting solution for transporting the fire truck safely to the airport.”

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