Al Faris Group relies on Enerpac’s low-height skidding system to move large ceramic presses

The Middle Eastern heavy lift and transport specialist Al Faris Group has used Enepac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system to complete the move of large ceramic presses from RAK Ceramics.

The ceramic presses were located in a pit in a workshop. Once the Al Faris team had jacked up each press, they had to be skidded out of the production building. As the presses had to be manoeuvred around other plant equipment, the company could not use its in-house skidding system. “We needed a fresh approach and selected Enerpac’s LH-400 low-height skidding system,” said Mr. Kieve Pinto, executive director of Al Faris. “We were pleasantly surprised by the speed with which we could move the presses along the skid track and quickly dismantle and re-arrange the track in different directions to move the presses out of the shed.”

According to the constructor, the LH-Series Low-Height skid beams can fit in tight spaces, as small as 92mm, while still offering up to 400 ton skidding capacity with two push-pull units. The modular design comprises a series of skid beams allowing quick setup. Loads are moved by hydraulic push-pull units, travelling over special PTFE-coated pads placed on the skid tracks to reduce friction. The skidding system’s push-pull cylinders are powered by a standard Enerpac split flow pump, that also allows bi-directional operation. The LH-Series skidding system has several options for controlling, including manual control and wireless control allowing the operator to view the skidding operation.

 

Kalmar wins a tender to supply AutoRTG system to Belfast Container Terminal

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply a complete AutoRTG system to Belfast Container Terminal (BCT) in Northern Ireland following and order booked in the fourth quater of 2018. The system will include eight automated rubber-tyred gantry cranes (AutoRTGs) controlled by the Kalmar Terminal Logistic System (TLS) and new-generation remote control (RC) desks.

The cranes at BCT will operate fully automated within the container stack, receiving orders from the Kalmar TLS which performs planning, routing and execution for all operations based on orders from the terminal operating system (TOS). Crane gantry operation will be automated with supervision from the operator at the RC desk in the control room. Truck handling will be remote controlled, and the system will feature a truck positioning system to ensure accurate alignment of trucks under the RTGs. Kalmar will be responsible for the integrations between the TLS, the TOS and other relevant systems.

The delivery of the system is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019.

The third Konecranes Gottwald crane for Turkey’s newest port operator

Turkey’s newest port operator, Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliği Ve Tic. A.Ş. (Atakas Port Business), has recently ordered a Model 7 portal harbor crane, making it the third Konecranes Gottwald crane purchased within the past year. The Model 7 portal harbour crane is a four-rope G HSK 7528 B crane with lifting capacities of up to 125 t, a 50-t grab curve for mechanical grab operation and has an outreach of up to 54 m. The crane’s portal has a clearance of 6 m with the track gauge measuring 14 m. To compensate for the different rail loadings due to the crane offset in relation to its portal, the bogies on the quay side are fitted with eight wheels each and on the land side with six. The Model 7 portal harbor crane was ordered in the third quarter of 2018 and will be put into operation from mid-2019. The crane will work in Iskenderun on Turkey’s southeastern coast, mainly handling bulk and later serving large container vessels.

“Our aim is to provide the greatest benefits to the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia regions. To meet our goals, we have chosen reliable and high-performance Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology once again. We started our operations with two flexible rubber-tired cranes to handle various types of cargo, but now we need rail-mounted cranes for continuous-duty bulk handling,” said Vedat Ohri, General Manager of Atakas Port.

The DCS 60 in charge of anti-collision at a power plant in Stockholm

AMCS technologies installed its DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system on a new model of Comansa crane, the 21LC1050 with a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes. The tower crane is currently working at Högdalens värmeverk, an existing Combined Heat and Power plant located south of Stockholm and it will help to replace one of the boiler of the plant for newer technology. In addition to mobile cranes, a Liebherr 280 EC-H crane with 35m of jib and 56m hook height will assist the Comansa crane with 65m of jib and 73.3 m hook height.

Monpe Ventures uses Faymonville ModulMAX axle lines to transport a 125t suction pile in Ghana

The Ghanaian heavy transport specialist Monpe Ventures has recently transported a 125t suction pile over a distance of 3 km using ModulMAX axle lines from Faymonville. The major challenges of this project were the weight and the dimensions as well as the request to move the 16 m high suction pile in a vertical position. To build the ideal transport configuration, 16 modular axle lines from Faymonville were assembled side-by-side in a 4-file configuration, a solution that was defined together with the constructor. “Their engineers came up with this solution. At first, the tipping limits were barely acceptable, so we added 44t counterweights, which reduced the height of the center of gravity a lot and thereby extremely improved these values,” said Peter Everett from Monpe Ventures. The piece was fabricated by Belmet 7 inside Takoradi Port. Monpe Ventures transported it from their yard to the quayside from where it was loaded on a vessel to be dropped on the sea bed to be used as an anchor for the FPSO (oil platform) in the Ghana’s oil and gas fields.

Two Raimondi luffing jib cranes in action at the Abu Dhabi Corniche

Nurol Construction Co., part of the Nurol Group of Companies uses two Raimondi luffers on the Corniche Tower jobsite in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The two machines are the Raimondi LR165, part of Nurol’s existing fleet, with a 55m jib length and a HUH (Height Under Hook) of 45m that will be climbed to 172m and the recently purchased luffer LR213 with a 55m jib length and a HUH of 45m that will be climbed to 187m.

“Raimondi Middle East supported Nurol with the sale of the LR213 equipped with the Deluxe R16 Crane Cabin. As part of the contractor’s fleet upgrade, the luffing LR213 was chosen for its maximum lifting capacity of 14t and its versatility in areas with difficult to obtain fly-over permissions. This jobsite has multiple security restrictions together with an extremely congested set of high rise developments, so much of our team’s support focused on site planning ahead of the installations,” explained Wael Hasan, Middle East Commercial Director, Raimondi Cranes.

Raimondi has provided Nurol with a three day crane operator training sessions and the jobsite is also subscribed to the monthly maintenance program offered by Raimondi Middle East.

An intelligent transport system for the Rabat-Salé Tramway network in Morocco

This system, named Navineo, was developed by Engie Ineo (part of the French Engie Group). Designed to offer a better experience for travelers, Navineo will transmit the real-time location, on-time performance and punctuality of the 66 light rail vehicles to the Control Center (including the extension) to facilitate the real-time monitoring of the rail fleet. An automated passenger counting system will also be implemented to better adapt the transport offer to the uses revealed by more than 51 million trips made by citizens of the Rabat Salé agglomeration each year.

This system will be in place for 2020.

Faymonville acquires German commercial vehicle dealer Stürzer Heavy Trucks

Trailer manufacturer Faymonville Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, has just acquired the commercial vehicle dealer Stürzer Heavy Trucks with effect from 2 January, 2019. According to the constructor, this acquisition represents an expansion of the group’s activities in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The newly created Faymonville Trade & Services in Landsberg am Lech will be responsible for the sale of Faymonville, MAX Trailer and Cometto brands as well as heavy-duty tractor units from various manufacturers and different tipper models for the construction sector. All maintenance and repair services will be offered on the 2500 m2 of the Landsberg am Lech site in Bavaria. A range of used vehicles will also be offered.

Bouygues Travaux Publics will construct the 4th phase of the Istria Motorway in Croatia

Croatian concession company Bina Istra has chosen Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of the French company Bouygues Construction, to widen to four lines a 28.1 km stretch of the Istria Motorway, located in a peninsula in north-western Croatia. Works on the first 11.6 km section between Rogovici and Cerovlje started in November 2018 and are scheduled to be completed in November 2020. The second stage, which includes the 16.5 km section from Cerovlje and Vranja, along with the construction of a rest area, will start in November 2019 for a final delivery in November 2021. The new stretch of the Istria Motorway also includes the construction of 11 viaducts. The amount for the completion of this work totals 167.1 million euros.

The consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar will build a 400MW wind farm in Saudi Arabia

A consortium of two experts in the renewable energy sector, the French EDF Renewables and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC), has just won the tender for the Dumat Al Jandal wind farm in Saudi Arabia. Their offer was pre-selected in Riyadh in July 2018 thanks to its best cost competitiveness ($ 21.3 / MWh). Located 900 km from north of Riyadh in the region of Al Jouf, this wind farm with a capacity of 400 MW, the first of Saudi Arabia, will be the most powerful in the Middle East.