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)
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.
In the Port of Vado Ligure, in Northeastern Italy, the dredging company Co.Ed.Mar is using for some time its self-propelled barge « Wise », in which a brand new Liebherr duty cycle crawler crane HS 8130 HD is installed in order to remove the sediment. Fitted with a hydraulic clamshell bucket, the machine has a handling performance of 400 cubic meters per hour, which is equal to the barge loading capacity, and has cycle times of only 45 seconds. These operations take place within the port expansion, wishing to extend its capacity and welcome more and larger vessels.
The Norwegian transport and lifting services specialist Crane Norway Group has placed an order for ten Demag all terrain cranes – one Demag AC 100-4L, three AC 130-5, two AC 160-5, four AC 250-5 and a 650-tonne Demag CC 3800-1 crawler crane.
“The Crane Norway Group has shown its continuous support and believes in the Demag line of products by ordering these cranes,” says Crane Norway Group CEO Trond Helge Skretting.
“The Demag CC 3800-1 is the reference in its class. Every single aspect meets our needs, from performance to safety features and from transportation to efficiency and speed of erection,” he adds.
The Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has just contracted Mammoet to carry out the transport and installation of 804 concrete elements for a new $4,3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.
This state-of-the-art terminal should expand the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf, increasing passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Mammoet’s task will be to install all the concrete elements of the terminal’s main structure, weighing between 200 and 360t. To complete the operations, Mammoet will use nine crawler cranes with capacities from 600 to 1600t and 72 axle lines of SPMT.