Aertssen Kranen expands its fleet with two Liebherr LTC 1050-3

In order to cope with the rising demand for compact cranes, the Belgian lifting specialist Aertssen Kranen has just acquired two Liebherr LTC 1050-3 mobile cranes. Equipped with a 36m main boom and a maximum load capacity of 50t, both machines have a compact construction and the ability to move the boom with its load. In addition, the operator’s cabin can be lifted to enhance visibility on the lifting activities. Delivered at the beginning of May, the two mobile cranes will be mainly used for handling operations, installation of overhead cranes as well as activities of the petrochemical industry.

Sarens used 11 cranes to install 274m gas pipes in Belgium.

Sarens used 11 cranes to install 274m gas pipes in Belgium. In the city of Merksem (Belgium), a team of Sarens has recently worked on the construction of a tunnel for a pipeline downstream of the Albert Canal.

In the city of Merksem (Belgium), a team of Sarens has recently worked on the construction of a tunnel for a pipeline downstream of the Albert Canal.

The customer van den Berg / Besix had charged Sarens to install along 274m of gas pipe in the well. This required 9 telescopic cranes Sarens (with capacities between 40 and 100 t) and 2 cranes of the customer associated with meticulous execution on the ground.

The cranes worked together to simultaneously lift and hold the pipe. The pilots worked without visual contact and were guided by the lift supervisor. Then, the load was inserted into the well at a precise angle and pulled through the tunnel through mechanisms on the other side of the Albert Canal.

The team was able to succeed with the challenges of low visibility and in confined working conditions. “We are very satisfied with this cooperation (…) The result is very good.” Says Maarten Pombreu, Business Line Manager Horizontal Directional Drilling at Van den Berg/ Besix.

Europe well represented at the MIPIM Awards 2018

For this edition of the MIPIM Awards 2018, real-estate exhibition rewarding the best projects and infrastuctures of the year, European institutions are numerous with 26 of the 44 projects, shared in eleven categories. In the Best Healthcare Development and the Best Refurbished Building categories, they are only european. France is the most represented country with five projects, followed by four Italian, four Belgian and three German projects. The winners will be announced on Thursday, 15 March at 6.30 pm in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. The jury will be chaired by Gecina CEO Méka Brunel.

ESTA joins IRU to increase its influence

ESTA, the European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes has joined the IRU, the international road transport industry association, to strengthen the organisation’s profile and influence with the European Commission and international road transport authorities. « Our clear goal is to get exceptional transport much higher up the agenda of the relevant authorities, and the IRU can help us do that,”explained the decision Ton Klijn, ESTA Director. The IRU’s global headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, and has offices worldwide, including in Brussels, Beijing, Moscow and Istanbul.


Photo : Ton Klijn, ESTA Director

First roro service in Africa for MSC and Haropa

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), specialized in international sea transport of containers, created a new roro service linking Haropa to Western Africa. This group made, with the company gathering Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports, the official inauguration of this new activity in Le Havre by the introduction of the MSC Immacolata. This roro ship, with a 6700 vehicles capacity, is 199m long and 32m width. With the MSC Cristina, ship with the same sizes, they will do bimonthly trips and will stop at Anvers, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan ports, before heading back to Le Havre. The African continent is well known by MSC, since the group is already settled in more than 40 countries. For its part, Haropa continues on its path about the roro sector, because in 2017 they had experienced a growth rate of 18% in this branch.

Picture: ©Eric Houri

Ale’s Mega Jack 800 put in place the « Brug van den Azijn » bridge

The Ale company recently loaded-out and installed the « Brug van den Azijn » bridge over the Albert channel of Antwerp in Belgium. Measuring 124m long and weighing 1200t, it had been in first place transported by barge from Wondelgem to Antwerp. Then, the structure had been loaded-in on a site near the final location, where the bridge’s arches were assembled. The full bridge has been lifted by the Mega Jack 800 at 8m high to position it higher than the abutments, and then by 3m for its final position. Tom Van De Locht, Project Engineer, stated the Mega Jack 800 was essential for the smooth operation because thanks to this system « the operational time was reduced, and it was easily integrated on site because of its small footprint and compatibility with our other services ».

Aertssen Group plans to buy the crane rental company Michielsens

Aertssen group, based in Stabroek in Belgium, has shown its willingness to take over the activities and the staff from the crane rental company Michielsens. This acquisition is part of the group growth strategy which is to maximise the strengths of both companies. In this way the group wishes to strengthen its own position in the market, as a heavy transport operator offering complete solutions and as a crane rental company for all the customer segments. « The acquisition of Michielsens is an important strategic step and underscores the healthy ambitions of our family business for growth, both in Belgium and internationally », declared Greg Aertssen, Chief Executive Officer of the company. « The idea is for Michielsens to be run as an independent business unit within Aertssen Group with retention of the current employees and its own identity and customers, which very much complement those of Aertssen ». As the firm says, « the takeover is expected to be in place by mid-February 2018, once the standard legal procedure has been completed ».