A brand new Liebherr crawler crane for expansion of the Port of Vado Ligure

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.

CMA-CGM commercialized Traxens, an innovative solution for container tracking

The French group CMA-CGM, one of the maritime transport leaders, just announced a new offer for container tracking : Traxens. This connected device is fixed on the container and then check its location by land or by sea. It enables to know the intensity of the bumps and the temperature change outside. It can also know if the doors are open or closed. By a warning system in near real time, customers can track the goods and gain agility in the different stages of the transport.

Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Agency Network, explained that « CMA CGM reaffirms its customer centricity strategy by offering this innovative solution. With nearly 19 million containers carried in 2017, the generalization of smart containers in the Group’s fleet will allow to collect and analyze a lot of information necessary to improve the service offered to customers and will help them optimize their supply chain.”

ALE strengthens fleet with three Krøll K1650L tower cranes

ALE has added three new Krøll K1650 L tower cranes to their global fleet to save time and money for various clients in the wind sector.

This type of crane has lifting capabilities that are destined for the wind energy market, with increased lifting height, and the ability to work at high wind speeds and with uneven or small hardstands.

The compactness of this crane makes possible to reduce the civil works and thus the costs. Its low counterweight, increased visibility, and quick assembly functionally optimises overall project efficiency. With its 70 m short boom, the up and down area can be significantly shortened compared to equivalent lattice boom crane. This, combined with the very short minimum boom radius, reduces the amount of terrain impacted by the crane, potentially reducing costs and environmental impact.

“We work closely with our clients to understand potential challenges in the future, such as increased hub heights or heavier components, and where there is the opportunity to make time and cost savings. The tower crane solution has lifting capabilities like no other on the market, and by investing in these cranes, it represents a further ground-breaking advancement in our step to become world leaders in the renewable wind industry.” explains Danilo Viappiani, Regional Engineering Manager.

Kalmar unveils new hybrid RTG port handling crane

This machine builds on the performance of the previous generation of RTG to deliver greater savings in energy efficiency, air emissions, noise and maintenance costs.

The old super-capacitor system has been replaced by the latest litheum-ion battery technology, which has a much higher energy storage capacity. The Li-ion battery, guaranteed for five years, is associated with a smaller diesel engine, consuming up to 50% less fuel than a conventionally powered RTG, but also quite and easier to maintain.

The new Kalmar Hybrid RTG also features a “regenerative” energy system that stores energy generated by braking and spreader-lowering for later use.

This platform also offers several advanced features. These include an intuitive graphical user interface as standard as well as options such as an electro-mechanical anti-sway system, SmartProfile stack anti-collision system, and SmartView camera system.The Kalmar Hybrid RTG can be customized to meet the precise needs of each operator terminal in terms of height, width and cabin options.

JCB launches new range of crawler excavators.

JCB has unveiled its new range of JCB 220X series crawler excavators. The first models of its new generation of tracked machines dedicated for the global construction market.

This range, tough appearance with a cab 15% larger than oldest, provides better sound isolation with built-in ROPS.

The interface is also more intuitive with a 7 ” tilt screen with features and menus accessible by means of an automotive-type rotary controller.

The boom has also been refocused to provide maximum durability and reliability in operation.

JCB’s Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said: “With the next generation 220X, JCB has moved to a totally new level of product development and machine assembly, that will benefit all of our excavator customers in the field…“

Eiffage Construction purchased Priora AG

The Eiffage part, Eiffage Construction just acquired the Swiss construction firm Priora AG. Created in 1992, it made an annual revenue of nearly 340 million euros. The company works in new building and refurbishment on the residential market, in service sectors as well as public infrastructures. This purchase is a part of the Eiffage development strategy at European level and will allow Priora AG to grow in the future.

New oil discovery for SDX

British oil and gas company SDX Energy, which specializes in North Africa, has just announced that an oil discovery has been made on its Rabul 5 Well in the West Gharib Concession in Egypt. The well, drilled to a depth of 1609 m, has discovered about 46 m of net crude oil.

“We are pleased to continue our recent run of drilling success with this oil discovery at Rabul 5. This well encountered the thickest section of pay sands seen in the Rabul area to date, demonstrating the significant oil potential contained within the licence. We have further drilling activity planned for the concession over the coming months and we firmly believe that these activities will enable us to increase output from the licence and achieve our ambitious production plans for 2018.” : commented Paul Welsh, President and CEO of SDX.

Gilles Dupont appointed head of Eiffage Construction’s development department

Gilles Dupont joined Eiffage Construction in 1989 and worked at the company until he became regional director for the Lorraine Champagne-Ardenne region. In 2010 he left Eiffage for the Rabot Dutilleul company where he became a Chairman in 2013. Back in Eiffage Construction, he will be responsible for developing branch activities in line with Eiffage Construction’s strategic plan.

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