South Africa’s ZLT Tower Cranes Pty Ltd, founded by Roy Cook and Mark Bates, has been named Raimondi Cranes official representative for 8 African countries. ZLT Cranes will be Raimondi’s exclusive distributor for South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, as well as the Republic of Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will propose manufacturer’s luffing and topless cranes as well as its crane accessories.
“We expect that the Raimondi MRT159 in eight and 10 tonne options will be the star of the show across our territories. A combination of factors including the competitive pricing strategy and the varied tower and jib configurations make this machine extremely suitable for many of the region’s biggest operations and jobsites, “said Rob Cook , Director of ZLT Tower Cranes.
At the port of Ghent, in Belgium, Sarens has recently presented its new crane SGC-250 with impressive capacities. Being one of the biggest and mightiest cranes in its range, it has a maximum load moment of 250 000 metric tonnes, allowing to lift until 5000t. Even with a radius of 100m, the SGC-250 can lift until 2000t. Its main boom length can be extended from 118 to 160m, and its jib can reach 100m. In total, this combination provides an incredible height of 250m, with a 275m radius ! The crane will be used in 2019 during four years to build the nuclear plant of Hinkey Point C in England.
In Turnhout, Belgium, multiple apartments buildings and a museum are under construction and will form the Turnova District. To erect them, the Dutch crane rental company Stravers Torenkranen B.V has been chosen on behalf of the construction company Interbuild N.V. They are currently using six Terex flat-top tower cranes to do so, including two CTT 332-16 and four CTT 231-10. The first one has a 16t maximum lifting capacity and 3t at maximum length, with 75m of jib length. The second flat-top tower crane can lift until 10t and 2t at 70m high. To bring the cranes to the job site, Stravers used 72 trucks from its location in Veghel, in the South of Netherlands. A team of four people erected the six cranes during six full days. They will stay on site during a year and a half to lift prefab components, building materials and concrete buckets. The Owner and General Manager from the Dutch company, Berry Stravers, explained why he chose the CTT. “There were two reasons why we decided to only use Terex cranes for this work site: Firstly, they had the required lifting capacities. Secondly, it was remarkably easy to position them in an overlapping arrangement on the available space.” In total, almost the entire Stravers fleet is made up of Terex tower cranes (120 on 130).
The Spanish rental company Grues Aguilar, based in Madrid, announced the acquisition of seven new mobile and crawler cranes. The purchase includes one LTC 1050-3.1 compact crane, one LTR 1100-2.1 rough-terrain crane, two LTM 1130-5.1 mobile cranes, one LTM 1230-5.1, one LTM 11200-9.1 as well as one LR 1600/2-W narrow track crawler crane.
Among these machines, the LTM 11200-9.1, with nine axle lines, a 1200t maximum capacity and a 188m maximum height, is the biggest telescopic crane sold in Spain since 2009. These new machines will enhance their fleet which includes fifty mobile cranes with lifting capacities between 40 and 1200t.
Photo from left to right: Tobias Böhler (Liebherr Ibérica), Luis Aguilar (Gruas Aguilar), Alvaro Hueso (Liebherr Ibérica)
Sarens has mobilised 17 cranes to help building the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the eight stadiums of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This operation was made possible by Sarens’ crane rental division represented by Qatar Al-Attiyah International Group, which has been working closely with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy on the construction of Qatar’s eight major World Cup stadiums. In collaboration with the Salini Impregilo Group and Galfar and Cimolai joint venture (GSIC JV), along with Cimolai S.p.A., Sarens has provided cranes for the construction of the Stadium in the City of Al Khor.
A total of 17 mobile and crawler cranes are deployed on-site over a period of 18 months, including a Demag CC 6800, Liebherr LR 1750, Liebherr LR 1400, Liebherr LR 1300, Liebherr LR 1280, Liebherr LR 1250, Liebherr LR 1200, Liebherr LR 1160, Liebherr LR 1130, Liebherr LR 1100, Liebherr LTM 1500, Liebherr LTM 1350, Liebherr LTM 1250, Liebherr LTM 1160, Liebherr LTM 1070, Kobelco CKE 1350 and a Tadano GR 800 EX.
The stadium’s design is inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. Once completed, the stadium will host 60,000 football fans in an area of 200.000 square meters. The preparations for the 2022 World Cup also include construction on the Doha Metro System, new orbital highways and expressways.
The Austria-based manufacturer Palfinger has launched the first crane mounted on a crawler chassis, that will mark its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in September in Hanover, Germany. With this crane, the constructor offers its customer a lifting solution for situations where a truck would normally struggle. “On difficult terrain – for example, when constructing power lines or cable lifts – helicopter transport is normally the only alternative to a truck-mounted crane, “ says Michael Hagenauer, Head of Product Division Crawler Cranes. “With the PCC, such a jobs can be completed safely, efficiently and inexpensively.”
The Palfinger Crawler Crane PCC is 40 cm narrower than a conventional truck and it can handle gradients of up to 60%. Thank to the knuckle boom that can be angled upwards, the high lifting power and compact dimensions, the PCC can be also used in urban areas as well as in the industrial and indoor sector. The crawler allows the crane to be quickly repositioned on construction sites and when necessary. Another advantage is that the crawler and crane can be controlled, transported and operated separately, which is particularly useful in situations where weight restrictions apply. The crane module can also propel itself on its own stabilisers without the crawler – a process also know as “shifting”, explains Hagenauer. The PCC can also be mounted onto the transport truck.
PCC offers compact dimensions with a minimum clearance width of 2 to 2.2 metres and, minus the crawler, a passenger height of 2.2 to 2.5 metres. Shifting (moving the crane using only stabiliser outriggers) allows the system to be moved through extremely low and confined spaces and loaded into a container without the crawler.
The Palfinger Crawler Crane PCC is initially available in three variants, between 50 to 115 tonne-metres. The first is the PCC 57.002 with a maximum reach of 29.5 metres, a maximum lifting height of 32 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 17,900 kilograms. The next is the PCC 71.002, that has a reach of 31.6 metres, a maximum lifting height of 34 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 19,100 kilograms. The last and most powerful model is the PCC 115.002 which has a reach of 33.3 metres, a maximum lifting height of 35.8 metres and a lifting capacity of up to 30,000 kilograms.
Additional equipment such as workman baskets, vacuum lifters, pipe manipulators and grippers are available for all models. PCC 71.002 and PCC 115.002 are available now and the model PCC 57.002 will become available in spring 2019.
McGovern Crane Hire, located in Derbyshire in central England, has successfully raised a 21-tonne generator on the grounds of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This lifting presented a major challenge. The team could have used a large crane with a minimum lifting capacity of 350 to 500 tonnes but the extremely tight space conditions, an aisle of the hospital, made impossible the use of a crane with sufficient performance for a lifting of this weight. The solution found by the Mc Govern teams was using a Demag AC 220-5 all-terrain crane that was compact enough to fit in the driveway, yet with the innovative IC-1Plus control system, it offered sufficient lifting power with asymmetrically configured outriggers.
In order to lift the load with its weight of 22 tonnes, including hook block and lifting tackle, the AC 220-5 was equipped with a counterweight of 51 tonnes. The outriggers were set to meet the needs of the job site. Thus, it was possible to lift the generator at a boom length of 33.3 meters and a radius of 15.0 meters off the lowbed trailer in the driveway to a height of 10.0 meters. It was then lifted over adjacent buildings by slewing the crane directly over the front right rigger which was fully retracted, the crane continued slewing right on the right until over the back right rigger which was extended to three quarters and easily lowered down at the desired location with a final radius of 19.7 meters.
“Thanks to the IC-1 Plus, however we were able to configure the crane to carry out the lift utilizing only 84% of the rated lifting capacity while using reduced counterweight, ”
The tower crane manufacturer, after many years of using the Linden Comansa brand name, has decided to return to its original name: Comansa. This change will apply across the full range of products and at the company’s headquarters in Spain as well as in the United States and China.
As a result, cranes manufactured in Pamplona, previously marked under the Linden Comansa brand, and cranes manufactured in Hangzhou, China distributed under the name Comansa CM, will be know from now on as Comansa.
“The Linden brand and system, and all they entail, are part of our DNA. In fact, Comansa is the only manufacturer whose range of horizontal jib cranes consists solely of flat-top, pendant-free design, which was undoubtedly one of Linden’s most outstanding features. And, if there is one think that characterises Comansa cranes, it is their outstanding modularity, just like Linden cranes. That is why Linden is still very much a part of the philosophy of all our products, even though it no longer appears in our brand name,” explains Alberto Munárriz, CEO of Comansa.
Crane service provider Wiemann, based in Dortmund, has expanded its fleet with a new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane for its location in Gierstädt. This machine, with a capacity of 100 t and a main boom of 60 m (with a boom extension of 19 + 8 m), is one of the most compact cranes in its class. “With a width of only 2.55 meters, the AC 100-4L is the most compact crane in its category, making it ideal for work sites where space is tight,” explaining his purchase decision General Manager Martin Wiemann, who has received the crane together with employees Georg Ruhe and Mario Bley at Terex Cranes in Zweibrücken.
Legend: Left to right: Helge Prüfer (Sales Manager, Terex Cranes), Georg Ruhe (Crane operator, Wiemann), Mario Bley (Technical Field Service, Wiemann), Martin Wiemann (General Manager, Wiemann) and Christian Kassner (Senior Manager Sales, Terex Cranes)