Hegmann Transit invests in Nooteboom

Hegmann Transit GmbH & Co. KG based in Germany, partner of the Bigmove group, has recently added various Nooteboom EURO-PX low-loaders and Manoovr semi low-loaders to its fleet. The investment consists of various vehicles, including several 4-axle EURO-PX low-loaders with 2-axle Interdolly, type EURO-95-24ICP and 5-axle Manoovr extendible semi low-loaders, type MPL-85-05(V) with excavator trough and 80-tonne ramps that allows Hegmann to transport most of the heavy construction machinery. Due to their shorter combination length the Manoovr semi loaders also offer advantages in terms of exemptions, manoeuvrability and transport efficiency.

Eiffage wins contract the for Moray East offshore wind farm (U.K)

The French group Eiffage, through its Belgian subsidiary Smulders, has won a contract with GeoSea (subsidiary of DEME) to construct the Moray East offshore wind farm in the north-eastern coast of Scotland. The value of the Eiffage contract is worth more than 250M €.
This wind farm project, with a capacity of 950 MW over 295 km2, involves the manufacturing and installation of 100 jacket foundations of 85 meters high and weighing 1,000 t each. 55 foundations will be built in the Smulders and Eiffage Métal reaffirms in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Poland.

Bolloré Transport & Logistics and CLS Logistics sign a memorandum of understanding to create a joint venture in Ethiopia

The agreement was signed on March 13 in Addis Ababa in the presence of the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Yves Le Drian. The two companies aim to offer their customers dedicated services in accordance with the best international standards. They also pursue the ambition to improve the supply chain of various strategic sectors of the country such as textiles, coffee and various industrial projects and infrastructures.
15M € will be invested in the construction of a new secure and modern logistics hub. This project includes the erection of 12 000 m2 multi-activity warehouses on a space of 5 hectares.

Lee Maynard new Global Sales Director for Terex Tower Cranes

Former Director of Sales for Europe and Russia in the Mobile Cranes field, Lee Maynard was appointed to this new position on February 1st. His mission is to develop and identify different growth opportunities in the global market for tower cranes in order to increase the division’s market share and profitability. Lee Maynard will also lead the global Terex Tower Cranes Sales Team in EMEAR, North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Hyster begins development of electric reachstacker for Port of Valencia

Hyster Europe is currently developing a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the port of Valencia, as part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project.

“An on-board Hydrogen fuel cell will charge the battery on the forthcoming fully electric Hyster Reachstacker,” said Jan Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy and Solutions at Hyster Europe. “As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster Reachstacker will be able to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conventional IC reachstacker,” he added.

According to Hyster Europe noise levels will be low, and users can expect a reduction in energy costs. The company also expects reduced vehicle maintenance costs thanks to the elimination of the engine, transmission and other mechanical-driven components.

“Achieving zero emissions for container handling equipment at seaports is a substantial challenge.The highly demanding and varied duty cycles in these intense operations make battery recharging time a critical factor.  These and other technical limitations have obstructed the electrification of container handlers or large lift trucks until now,” concluded van den Brand.

The new reachstacker is expected to enter operation in 2021 at the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) in Spain, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.

Ale contracted to lengthen a cruise ship in Palermo, Italy

Ale has been tasked to lengthen the Grimaldi Roma cruise ship in Palermo, Italy. To install the new section, weighing around 2,540 t, Ale deployed skid shoes varying from 500 t – 1,000 t capacity, along with 96 axle lines of SPMT in a configuration of 4 x 2 file 24. The new section was transported by SPMT’s, while the ship cut section, weighing around 10,500 t was skidded across skid tracks so the new section could be installed. The ship originally measured 225 m and once the new section was installed another 30 m was added onto the ship.
Ale has been contracted to lengthen two cruise ships, the Grimaldi Roma and Barcellona. The project started in late 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.

Sarens installs two steel supports in Belarus

Sarens has just installed two steel supports for drilling shaft machines in Luban, Belarus. These two structures, designed to be as heavy as possible, consisted of 10 modules weighing between 40 and 178 t each. It took two months to carry out this operation undertaken on behalf of client JSC Promtechmontazh. Sarens used a Demag TC2800-1 truck crane, whose configuration had to be changed 3 times on this site, as well as a Grove GMK all-terrain crane delivered with 25 different trailers from the town of Grodno located 350 km away.
“The Sarens team successfully completed the installation according to our wishes. We hope for further productive cooperation,” said Vladimir Matrenkin, director of the JSC Promtechmontazh Soligorsk department.

Aertssen Machinery Services expands its fleet with two new Demag cranes

Aertssen Machinery Services (AMS) has recently added two new Demag lattice boom crawler cranes to its fleet. With the aim to expand its heavy lifting and transport operations in the Middle East, Aertssen has obtained a 400 tonne Demag CC 2400-1 with max load moment of 5150 tonne meters and a 650 tonne Demag CC 3800-1 with a maximum load moment of 9152 tonne meters.


“Equipping our team with the latest crane innovations is an important part of our customer commitment, and Demag is an industry leader in that area,” explained Tony Nuyts of Aertssen Machinery Service. “Demag crawler cranes are easy to transport, quick to rig and come with an IC-1 control system with an intuitive touchscreen.”

Photo from left to right: Steve Filipov (President, Terex Cranes), Greg Aertssen (CEO, Aertssen Group), Tony Nuyts (Branch Manager, Aertssen Machinery Services) and Joerg Mueller (Senior Sales Manager, Terex Cranes)

Perkins names Seco Power as distributor in West and Central Africa

Perkins Engines Company Limited has appointed Seco Power as an authorised Perkins distributor for 21 countries in West and Central Africa. With regional headquarters in Mauritius, Seco Power, part of the Secodi group, will provide sales, parts and service support to Perkins customers. In addition, regional offices in the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Camerroon are also previewed for completion.

Seco Power has already named Bruno Chappuis as Regional Manager for the African market with responsibilities for the following countries: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Niger, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Benin, Togo, Morocco, Gabon, Liberia, Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Burundi, Central African Republic.

Yannick Billy, CEO of Secodi commented: “This is a natural growth path for Secodi as we have been supporting our French and Turkish customers acting in Africa for a few years now. Since the creation of Secodi, product support and a local presence have been our main drivers to meet customers’ needs and expectations.”

Laing O’Rourke signs a £195m construction contract for Soho Place development

The British engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke has signed a construction contract for the Soho Place, Tottenham Court Road development in London, UK. Soho Place is a mixed-use scheme above the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail Station. The contract worth £195m will comprise of a 10-storey building with retail and office space, coupled with a nine storey building split into three office floors above a 600 seat theatre, the first to be built in the West End of London for over 50 years. With the main construction that has already begun, the team is concentrating on some challenging pilling above and around the web of services and tube lines that sit below the site. The development is due for completion in November 2021.