Van Schaften: Largest fleet of LR 11000 cranes in the world

Crane rental company Van Schaften Leasing BV has placed an order for three Liebherr LR 11000 lattice boom crawler cranes at this year’s Bauma. The three 1000-tonne crawler cranes are equipped with the new F2 fixed jib, specially designed for the erection of wind turbines, which can be used with the main boom system even without a derrick. The F2 is a fixed lattice jib with a significantly increased lifting capacity of 250 tonnes rather than the 179 tonnes of the standard jib. The head rollers and hook block are designed so that the block cannot become twisted. The hook speed on the new jib is significantly faster since the block is operated by two parallel winches. It also features a runner.

Johan van Schaften, the company’s owner, explains: “The LR 11000 has outstanding lifting capacities and is perfect for wind turbines on 100 metre towers with its F2 system without a derrick. Its high performance and low cost transport make it absolutely unique on the market.”

After the delivery, the Dutch company will have a total of 8 of this model, making it the largest fleet of LR 11000 cranes in the world.

From left to right: Martijn Tuijtel (Van Schaften Leasing BV), Han Rekers (Liebherr Nederland B.V.), Dick Post (Van Schaften Leasing BV), Sophie Albrecht (Liebherr-International AG), Florian Ritzler (Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH).

A delicate and unprecedented challenge for AMCS technologies at the Hinkley Point C site

The anti-collision and zoning solutions provider AMCS technologies was chosen to ensure the safety of tower cranes at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in UK. 20 of the 55 tower cranes expected on the site have already been installed and equipped with the devices designed by AMCS technologies.

Among all these machines, the Favelle Favco hydraulic luffing tower crane with a capacity of 220 tons, one of the cranes with the highest lifting capacity in the world, was also equipped with the DCS 61-S. This crane is distinguished by its two arrows, a 70m and a 30m jib, each equipped with a hoist winch and a hook capable of working simultaneously or separately.

The installation of the DCS 61-S, that ensures the management of prohibited overfly zones as well as anti-collision with interfering cranes, jib by jib, and cable by cable or together, has been an unpriced ended challenge for AMCS technologies’ R&D teams.,Indeed it was necessary to guarantee the safety of the construction site and therefore the management of the two hoist winches on the same crane with two jibs.The DCS 61-S system, thanks to its adaptability and ability to manage the collision avoidance and zoning by successively integrating new machines into its network, proved to be perfectly suited for this task.

Four new Raimondi LR213 cranes for Dubai

Nurol Construction Co, part of the Nurol Group, has recently received four new Raimondi LR213 luffing jib cranes in Dubai. They will be used on a construction project of 27 residential towers overlooking the Arabian Gulf whose completion is planned for August 2021. Three teams were mobilized to carry out the offloading, assembly and installation of the new machines. Two of the new cranes, each with a jib length of 50 meters, are the first-ever Raimondi LR213s to be erected internally in existing structures onsite in the UAE, while the two cranes installed outside of the structures both have jib lengths of 55 meters.

“Raimondi’s Middle East operations team will be performing monthly onsite maintenance, and as part of the overall after sales care package we will later execute the jumping procedure to enable the cranes to reach 150 meters in height,” said Wael Hasan, Middle East Commercial Director, Raimondi Cranes.

“Nurol decided that the Raimondi luffers were the best fit for this job site based on a number of factors including the LR213’s agility and its 14 tonne maximum capacity,” explains Thasin Tahmaz, PTD Manager, Nurol

Demag AC 500-8 all terrain crane lifts 19 t chimney liner

On behalf of Munich City Utilities, AKM Autokranvermietung lifted a chimney liner weighing 19 t into the existing chimney of a cogeneration plant in the Freimann district of Munich. With a required lifting height of 119 m, crane operator Klaus Kellner opted for hid Demag AC 500-8 crane.

“Of all the eight-axle cranes available, the Demag AC 500-8 is the only crane that can safely handle the required loads of up to 19 t at this height – otherwise we would have had to use a larger and thus more expensive 700 t or even 750 t crane,” explains Sven Bauer, General Manager of Technology at AKM.

The AKM team had equipped the Demag crane with a 47-m main boom and a 72-m luffing jib in the SSL 60° configuration with 180 t of counterweight.This configuration was calculated from the factors lifting height and weight: “It was clear to us that we didn’t have much room for manoeuver with the lifts. That’s why we also placed bog mats under the outriggers of the AC 500-8 in order to raise the level of the crane and thus gain a little more height,” reports AKM crane operator Klaus Kellner.

AKM also had a customized spreader made of highly tempered steel built especially for this application, in which the holes to accommodate the load slings were precisely matched to the liner segments. “This ensured that we could really go to the maximum allowable hook height,” explains Sven Bauer.

Vertikal Days opens its doors !

The Vertikal Days opens its doors at the Donington Park in the East Midlands, one of the famous grounds of British motorsport. This two day event, which takes place on May 15th and 16th, gathers the biggest actors of lifting, handling and access platforms. A number of new products made their way over from Bauma in Munich to be shown for the first time in the UK. Visitors can be prepared for several product launches from crane, access and telehandler manufacturers as well as component and ancillary service companies. We wish a very successful edition to our colleagues from Vertikal !

Maxim Crane Works places large order for Alimak hoists

Maxim Crane Works has placed another large order for the new Alimak Scando 650 construction hoists to strengthen its USA based hoist business. The new order will allow Maxim to increase its offering of turnkey lifting solutions to their existing customers as well as expanding into new markets.

“We are pleased that Maxim Crane Works has chosen Alimak, once again, as the brand to drive their market strategy. We look forward to working with Maxim as they continue to invest in the hoisting sector,” said Henrik Teiwik, Global Business Area Manager Construction at Alimak Group.

“Maxim and our customers have been extremely satisfied with Alimak and the reliability of the product. We have outstanding up-time and product support and feel that the relationship has allowed us to successfully promote our ‘One Stop Shop’ equipment and service offerings in every state in the country,” stated Frank Bardonaro, Chief Operating Officer for Maxim.

Raimondi Cranes appoints Domenico Ciano as Chief Executive Officer

Tower cranes manufacturer Raimondi Cranes announced this appointment to the company’s official agents in the heart of Bauma 2019. After 17 years in the tower crane business, Eng. Domenico Ciano joined Raimondi Cranes in 2014 as the company’s Technical Director and will succeed Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, who served the Chief Executive Officer position since 2009.

“I am confident and proud that Raimondi will have a leader that both values its heritage and that will further invigorate the significant upward trajectory we have experienced these past years,” said Alkhoshaibi.

“Every Raimondi product launch has been welcomed by strong sales and repeat purchasing, itself an indication of client satisfaction and acknowledgement of our technical advancements and product fit-for purpose,” Eng. Ciano added.

Terex Cranes concludes a sale in Algeria

The first day of the Bauma exhibition was successful for Terex Cranes. The Algerian distributor ETS SIAD Automobiles (SIAD Group) has ordered six Terex RT 45 and three RT 45L rough terrain cranes. These two models, which have a lifting capacity of 45 t, are distinguished by the length of their main jibs. The Terex RT 45 model is equipped with a 31.1 m main boom and the RT 45L model has a 37.40 m main boom.

Photo from left to right: Tayeb Siad (Managing Director, Groupe SIAD), Steve Filipov (President – Terex Cranes), Mohammed Siad (President – Groupe SIAD), Mahmoud Siad (President – GSB France), and Daniel Patalacci (General Manager South Europe – Terex Cranes)

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.

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)